Study: Former Limewire Users No Longer Pirating Music

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Study: Former Limewire Users No Longer Pirating Music
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:30:23 PM »
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said Thursday that most users of file-sharing site Limewire stopped pirating music after the site was shut down in 2010.

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/221261-study-former-limewire-users-no-longer-pirating-music


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Re: Study: Former Limewire Users No Longer Pirating Music
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 04:10:44 PM »
Certainly is an odd story. This Nielsen Netview that the researchers point to is where they base the 65% findings. The problem I see with the story is, they don't tell you 65% of what number. They simply passed right over the statement that they studied a "group" of prior LimeWire users.

Of that group, however big it was, now 65% of THEM no longer steal software...but they say nothing about how big that group was. They do mention the total number of LimeWire users in 2010, of 14 million, but...that's not the group they studied. They don't tell us how big that group was.

Let's say this group totaled a dozen people, just to show how silly this could be, and to close out this mystery. Now we can all sigh with relief...knowing, there are 7.8 former LimeWire users who went straight. It's no wonder then, why the industry still pushes Congress to stifle the Internet.

The story, to me, smells. Smells like propaganda. Propaganda designed to influence a belief that their efforts have paid off...a little. So, more effort, seemingly, would pay off more. Kinda sounds like they'd like us all to swing the bat with them, and organize grass root campaigns everywhere, just to help them persuade Congress that they MUST pass the laws they ask for no matter how much protesting comes from Google or Wikipedia!

I'd love to see and end to this personally. I believe though, a different approach is in order.
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Re: Study: Former Limewire Users No Longer Pirating Music
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 07:32:05 PM »
Seems a bit strange to me, too.
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but they say nothing about how big that group was.
Good point.  ;)1

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