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Last week a new study commissioned by the EU found that contrary to the content industry claims that piracy has devastated their business, consumer behavior has nothing to do with p2p networks and the rampant downloading of copyrighted material. In fact, many people claim that they still wouldn’t pay for content even if all of the free options were somehow taken away!

The European Commission’s new Digital Competitiveness Report is an expansive annual overview of the entire digital landscape in the EU. In a chapter devoted to online entertainment reveals many interesting facts, but the most shocking is that 20% of users would pay for online content if all the fee options were no longer available.

According to the report, “ …the low percentage of individuals that consider the possible lack of freely available online content as a reason for paying, calls into question the argument put forward by representatives of the content industry that European consumers will in the long term suffer from a lack of commercial availability of high quality content if the current model of audiovisual content distribution, based on illegal copying, is not curved.”

Apparently European users feel that once they pay for their internet connection they’re then entitled to download all the free content they like as there is an overabundance of it on the web. There’s so much free content that they are more than hesitant to put out any cash.

The report examines all types of online content business models but concludes that with a few exceptions (iTunes, Guitar Hero) most of them are not sustainable.

So now what?  The report suggests that there just doesn’t seem to be a solution. At least not yet. But the question is will someone come up with a winning model before the content industry falls totally flat on its ass? The bigger problem will be if and when some guy comes up with that model, will the content industry buy into it? If the past is prelude, probably not. 


  • Wayne Rosso

    Wayne Rosso has worked in music and technology for decades. He has worked with such artists as Aerosmith, Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Public Image LTD., Beach Boys, Phillip Glass, Fleetwood Mac, Rick James, New Kids on the Block, Slash, Evanescence and scores of others.


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