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For years, those of us who study the effects of piracy have focused on two main questions. First, does it hurt creators, by reducing demand for what they produce? Here…
The public debate about Internet piracy is typically seen as pitting the interests of producers versus the interests of consumers. On one hand, the empirical evidence is clear: piracy hurts…
Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang In two previous blog posts (here and here), we reviewed the available academic evidence on whether piracy harms media sales, and whether this…
By Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang Blocking access to sites that promote piracy is one of the more controversial enforcement proposals for dealing with online copyright infringement.…
Liye Ma, Alan Montgomery, and Michael D. Smith Late last month, the online piracy group Hive-CM8 issued an apology of sorts for leaking Quentin Tarantino’s movie The Hateful Eight onto…
Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang Last week we blogged about the peer-reviewed academic literature studying whether piracy harms sales, showing that articles in peer-reviewed journals overwhelmingly find that…
Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang Earlier this week, we gave a keynote talk at the Sundance Film Festival about how piracy impacts independent filmmakers. Our talk was based…

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