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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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