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CRIA disputes academic claims that sharing has no effect on music sales

News | 04/16/2004 4:00 am EDT

The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is taking dead aim at a recently released study that purports to show that peer-to-peer file-sharing has next to no impact on music sales. The study, The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis, was released by the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Harvard University last month. It concludes that file-sharing neither increases nor decreases music sales. Since the study’s availability, groups opposed to the legal actions taken by the recording industry here and in the U.S. and Europe against peer-to-peer users have cited it as a reason why the court processes should stop, and why governments should take a hands-off approach to file-sharing while undertaking major revisions of their copyright regulations.

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