A new report from BI Norwegian School of Management shows illegal file-sharers are more likely to purchase music from legitimate sources than other web users.
I know, I know. The whole thing sounds questionable, but here’s how it comes together: Ars Technica reports that researchers monitored the music download habits of 1,900 web users age 15 and above. Over time, the study found that users who downloaded music illegally from P2P file-sharing sites like BitTorrent ultimately made ten times as many legit music purchases than the law abiding users. The study also found that online music stores like iTunes and Amazon MP3 were preferred for the pirates’ paid music purchases over traditional brick-and-mortar record stores.
What’s interesting is that this news comes hardly a week after Swedish courts convicted the founders of The Pirate Bay, a file-sharer search engine. With the surprise conviction came a massive exodus from the site, and now many are questioning…
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