[LINK] Ars: File-sharers are content industry's "largest customers"

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue May 4 10:03:56 AEST 2010

File-sharers are content industry's "largest customers"
By Nate Anderson | Last updated about 5 hours ago

Drawing on a major study of Dutch file-sharers, Prof. Nico van Eijk 
of the University of Amsterdam concludes, "These figures show that 
there is no sharp divide between file sharers and others in their 
buying behaviour. On the contrary, when it comes to attending 
concerts, and expenses on DVDs and games, file sharers are the 
industry's largest customers... There does not appear to be a clear 
relationship between the decline in sales and file sharing."

In fact, the study found that file-sharers often buy more content, 
especially when it comes to films and games.


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Visiting Professor in Computer Science    Australian National University

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