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Responding to Piracy: What the evidence shows

Responding to Piracy: What the evidence shows

Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang In two previous blog posts (here and here), we reviewed the available academic evidence on…

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Website Blocking Revisited

Website Blocking Revisited

By Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang Blocking access to sites that promote piracy is one of the more controversial…

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Piracy and Buzz

Piracy and Buzz

Liye Ma, Alan Montgomery, and Michael D. Smith Late last month, the online piracy group Hive-CM8 issued an apology of sorts for…

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Piracy and the Supply of New Creative Works

Piracy and the Supply of New Creative Works

Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang In contrast to the first question, there is little evidence informing this question within the…

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The Truth About Piracy

The Truth About Piracy

Brett Danaher, Michael D. Smith, Rahul Telang Earlier this week, we gave a keynote talk at the Sundance Film Festival about how…

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The Perfect Storm: Snowstorms and the Impact of Theatrical Attendance on DVD Sales

The Perfect Storm: Snowstorms and the Impact of Theatrical Attendance on DVD Sales

Everyone knows that movies that are popular in theaters are also popular at home. But no one knows whether increased theater viewing…

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The Effectiveness of Site Blocking as an Anti-Piracy Strategy: Evidence from the U.K.

The Effectiveness of Site Blocking as an Anti-Piracy Strategy: Evidence from the U.K.

It is well established in the academic research that piracy harms sales for entertainment goods;[1] and there is emerging evidence that, by…

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Google, Search Ranking, and the Fight Against Piracy

Google, Search Ranking, and the Fight Against Piracy

Last month, Rahul Telang and I blogged about research we conducted with Liron Sivan where we used a field experiment to analyze…

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Using Search Results to Fight Piracy

Using Search Results to Fight Piracy

With the growing consensus in the empirical literature that piracy harms sales, and emerging evidence that increased piracy can affect both the…

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Does Piracy Undermine Product Creation?

Does Piracy Undermine Product Creation?

(Below is a guest post by my colleague, Rahul Telang from Carnegie Mellon University) That Piracy undermines demand for products in copyright…

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The Expendables 3 Leak and the Financial Impact of Pre-Release Piracy

The Expendables 3 Leak and the Financial Impact of Pre-Release Piracy

This past week a DVD-quality copy of the movie The Expendables 3 leaked online three weeks before its planned U.S. theatrical release.…

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Does Piracy Harm Sales?

Does Piracy Harm Sales?

My last post challenged a New York Times op-ed’s view that the media industries should give up fighting piracy. Implicit in the…

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