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Piracy boost sales, says Japanese Government study

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 3 years ago

Japan 1

An anonymous reader writes "A new official study seems to confirm what a lot of the Slashdot crowd thinks, and the opposite of what the **AAs say:
"A prestigious economics think-tank of the Japanese Government has published a study which concludes that online piracy of anime shows actually increases sales of DVDs. The conclusion stands in sharp contrast with the entertainment industry’s claims that ‘illicit’ downloading is leading to billions of dollars in losses worldwide. It also puts the increased anti-piracy efforts of the anime industry in doubt."
More specifically, "(1) YouTube viewing does not negatively affect DVD rentals, and it appears to help raise DVD sales; and (2) although Winny [a popular P2P program in Japan] file sharing negatively affects DVD rentals, it does not affect DVD sales.""

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1337 BitTorrent downloaders (1)

prodigyx (1829004) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106794)

"...but last week the American anime distributor Funimation announced lawsuits against 1337 alleged BitTorrent downloaders."
Coincidence or sense of humor?
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