En norsk studie som The Guardian skriver om. Jag är lite ifrågasättande till hur resultaten tolkas av media, något jag uttrycker i ett mail till ett gäng forskare runt om i Europa, här ett litet utdrag:
“I have not read the full study yet, but the problem with this study, and other similar studies, is that the results are really showing something obvious and sometimes the conclusions being made, mainly from the media, are based more on ideological interpretation of the results in a try to support piracy and at the same time tell everybody how bad music companies are. I think it is important that researchers put the results in a larger context instead of letting the media do misinterpretations.
It’s as if a study would reveal the insight that car owners buys more gas than non car owners or that vegetarians eat more vegetables than non vegetarians.
Of course they do, they are the ones that are interested in consuming gas or vegetarian food. And of course a car owner that buys gas would also be interested in buying motor oil from time to time, much more interested than people not owning a car.
Of course people that are downloading from file sharing networks are more interested in buying downloads, as they are digital music users and generally more interested in music. Non digital music users are of course not interested in buying downloads simply because they are not music files users. That does not mean that piracy is fueling music buys.
It is like saying that car owners that are getting gas in the gas station and run away without paying for it, seems to be more eager to buy motor oil than non car owners, hence, not paying for gas is good for the oil industry…
What is much more interesting is studying the group of people that are the heaviest culture and entertainment users and see how their behaviour in fact have changed during the latest years, instead of stating the obvious, that people that are going to concerts and movie theatres also are the ones that wants music and movies to download from the Internet.
If piracy is fueling sales of music, one could humbly ask why music sales haven’t exploded with the same rate as piracy the latest years?“