Music Festivals = Increase in Music Piracy. Wait–What?

According to tech site CBR (relaying information gathered by Spotify), music festivals “are mainly responsible for increasing online music piracy.”  You read that right.

Here’s the thinking:

–People go to a festival with lots of artists, many of whom they know little about.

–They really enjoy the performances by these new bands.  “I want more,” they think.

–When they get home, they illegally download music from these bands.  Ergo, music festivals boost music piracy.

And then there’s this buried in the study: Artists who delay making their music available on streaming services in favour of physical sales see more piracy than those who make everything available everywhere at the same time.  But you’d expect that conclusion from Spotify, no?

Read more here.

Alan Cross

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