Thursday October 03, 2013

Jailing File-Sharers Does Not Increase Music Sales?

One the one hand, the threat of jail time seemed to deter people from sharing pirated music in Japan. On the other hand, music sales also fell drastically during the same time period. How do industry officials explain that?

One year ago Japan introduced a tough new law that was warmly welcomed by the music industry. From October 1 2012, those downloading copyrighted material without permission faced a potential two year jail sentence. But while users of Japan’s favorite P2P networks plummeted, sales have not been positively affected. Total music sales this year so far are down 7% on the same period last year, but digital sales are even worse آ– down 24% since the law was introduced.

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