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US economist refutes Industry P2P study

News | 11/28/2007 5:58 pm EST

A US economist specializing in copyright issues is taking aim at a new Canadian government study claiming that peer-to-peer filesharing is actually good for the music business. Stan Leibowitz, the Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics at the University of Texas, has written a detailed critique of the Industry Canada-commissioned study. He concludes that since the study's main – and most controversial – findings are based on survey answers from downloaders, the risk of bias is high.

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