The American Assembly report suggests that peer-to-peer (P2P) users buy 30% more music than people who aren’t involved in online sharing.
And the non-partisan public policy forum adds that filesharing is a drop in the ocean compared to more traditional offline copying such as burning CDs.
Researchers carried out thousands of telephone interviews with people all over the USA and Germany.
Joe Karaganis of the American Assembly says: “P2P users have larger music collection than non-P2P users – roughly 37% more. Most of the difference comes from higher levels of downloading for free and copying from friends. (Read more)