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John Lewis needs a new motto

By Azeem Azhar   June 2004

In defence of file-sharing

The entertainment business is still in a twist about file-sharing over the internet. Does it hurt over-the-counter sales of music and movies or does it give industry the opportunity to tap into a vibrant and profitable online market? Most people in the industry believe it is the former. But that case has recently been doubly undermined. First, a paper by academics Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf concludes that “file-sharing has no statistically significant effect on purchases of the average album” and that sharing actually increased sales of popular CDs. In the second case, reported that…

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