This contribution seeks to identify the short and long-term economic and cultural effects of file sharing on music, films and games, while taking into account the legal context and policy developments. The short-term implications examined concern direct costs and benefits to society, whereas the long-term impact concerns changes in the industry’s business models as well as in cultural diversity and the accessibility of content. It observes that the proliferation of digital distribution networks combined with the availability of digital technology among consumers has broken the entertainment industries’ control over the access to their products. Only part of the decline in music sales can be attributed to file sharing. Despite the losses for the music industry, the increased accessibility of culture renders the overall welfare effects of file sharing robustly positive. As a consequence the entertainment industries, particularly the music industry, have to explore new models to sustain their business. [Click the image for the PDF source].
An interesting read.
Slightly off-topic… I always thought that, if it weren’t for people uploading videos on YouTube and sharing music upon various sites, I wouldn’t have later bought from quite a lot of foreign artists I have the CDs of. Of course, things have changed over the past few years, they have official YouTube channels for a lot of artists now… but, before that, people’s uploading of things when they weren’t supposed to was really the only way I could hear or see anything from these international artists before I bought from them!
For some reason, people liked my poems?
These two poems below were published in books, can you believe? Ha ha
Stars look like dots in the sky
Just floating way up high
But they’re more than that, with 88 constellations
they really are quite a sensation
Supernova, an explosion of a dying star
glittering pieces that go afar
A swirl of turning stars in the sky, the star trails
like swimming dolphins with their little tails
A shooting star up above
Make a wish of happiness or love.
- Me, aged 11.