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Julia Reda - What the Commission found out about copyright infringement but `forgot' to tell us
Does copyright infringement negatively affect legal sales? This is a fundamental question with profound implications on the way copyright and copyright enforcement policy should work.

In January 2014, the European Commission awarded the Dutch company Ecorys a contract worth €360.000 to conduct a study on the question.

Then the Commission classified the results. Fortunately Reda has found and published it.

The conclusion?

In 2014, on average 51 per cent of the adults and 72 per cent of the minors in the EU have illegally downloaded or streamed any form of creative content, with higher piracy rates in Poland and Spain than in the other four countries of this study. In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements.

So a majority of the EU population is criminalised based on industry nonsense. And when the Commission found out about it they hid the data.

by fjallstrom on Thu Sep 21st, 2017 at 03:43:43 PM EST
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law and enforcement is such a perverse and invidious expression of capitalist principles --not only exclusive use (ownership) but profit maximization. That's all there is to it (any ethical or moral justification) beyond a very anti-social conceptualization of authority.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 21st, 2017 at 06:14:44 PM EST
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It has been pointed out to me that it wasn't classified as such, it was merely never published or made public. With the EU federal level lacking much in terms of structures to help with freedom of information requests, this is usually enough. Reminds me of the transparency of public institutions (local and intra-galaxic) in The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.
by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 11:37:11 AM EST
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And even if there was a pronounced displacement effect the argument for criminalization remains weak. For there to be economic damage you'd have to show that the unspent money is either hoarded beyond what is advisable or spent in harmful ways. And I don't think anyone wants to argue that Europe has a problem with excessive savings in the non corporate sector. And before you move on to the question of what level of economic damage actually justifies going the criminal justice route you still you have to answer the question of whether the general availability of cultural goods for low income populations has any value.
And if the answer is no then what justifies the special support for the production of those worthless cultural goods?
by generic on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 01:23:09 PM EST
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Auther Earnings
The only gatekeepers that matter now are readers

Is there any report like this for sales in Europe?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 07:08:30 PM EST
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Not that I have seen, no.

Great resource, thanks!

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 10:07:51 AM EST
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