The EU hid for years a report that showed that piracy does not affect sales


  • In 2014, the European Union commissioned a study on how piracy affects the consumption of movies, music, video games and books.
  • The report will be delivered in 2015 but has not been published until now thanks to the insistence of a mep from the Pirate Party.
  • The results of the study show no statistical evidence that piracy moved to the sales, it is more, in video games have a positive effect.


German mep Julia Reda, a member of the Pirate Party and vice president of the Group of The Greens / European Free Alliance, has gotten the European Union to bring the light a study on piracy that it takes years kept in a drawer.

In 2014, as stated by Gizmodo, the EU commissioned to the consultant, Ecorys, an ambitious study on the effects of piracy on the sales of movies, music, books and video games. Is paid 369.000 euros by the elebaroción of the report with the intention of that was as comprehensive and reliable as possible.

The study, Estimation of the rates of displacement of content protected by copyright in the EU, was handed over in 2015, but never saw the light. However, Reda has now achieved it is published. The member of parliament made a formal request based on the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), and, although the European Commission has not proved to be very willing to cooperate, after an exchange of emails, the survey was made public. The leaders allege that the petition has nothing to do and that in reality they were about to bring it to light.

The consultant conducted a series of surveys to more than 30,000 people in Germany, France, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the Uk, and analyzed in depth the markets of such countries. The findings cut down all the arguments of the more aggressive policies in favor of copyright.

The report reveals that, in 2014, 51 of the adults and 72% of those under the EU downloaded, or resorted to streaming illegal ever, reaching the highest rates of piracy in Poland and Spain. Even so, “the results do not show any statistical evidence of piracy to move to sales”.

“This does not mean that piracy can have some effect, but since then the statistical analysis does not prove that there is a relationship,” the report notes.

Is more, in the case of the video game detects a relationship opposite to that usually advertise: piracy have a positive effect about the sales, apparently thanks to the business model that has established the industry, that allows someone who has pirated a game, ends up seduced by its possibilities, and invest money in it.

The only exception seem to be the borat, which shows a shift of 40%, which means that for every 10 first-run movies-views illegally, are four less than legal way. However, the report sets out here the high price of cinema as one of the factors that make the piracy is higher at this point.

The most eye-catching of the matter is that, according to the complaint by the organization in defense of digital rights in Europe (EDRi), the commission in charge of managing the study is not only hide the document but in 2016 published a different report in which are cited the data of Ecory about how piracy drives sales in the film industry.


The EU hid for years a report that showed that piracy does not affect sales
Source: english  
September 28, 2017

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