04 May 2010

File-sharers are content industry's "largest customers"

(Ars Technica)
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.