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Estimating displacement rates of copyrighted content in the EU

TitleEstimating displacement rates of copyrighted content in the EU
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
Authorsvan der Ende, M., Poort J., Robert Haffner, de Bas P., Yagafarova A., Rohlfs S., & van Til H.
Corporate AuthorsDirectorate-General for the Internal Market and Services(European Commission)
PublisherEuropean Commission
Document NumberKM-04-14-009-EN-N
Date Published09/2017
Type of WorkFinal report
ISBN Number978-92-79-35136-5
Keywordscomputer piracy, copyright, digital technology, downloading, electronic commerce, EU Member State, European Union

The extent to which digital consumption of pirated materials displaces legitimate purchases is of fundamental importance for EU copyright policy design. The European Commission has commissioned Ecorys to carry out a study on the relation between online copyright infringement (digital piracy) and sales of copyrighted content. This study adds to the existing literature in at least three ways. Firstly, it compares piracy rates in multiple EU Member States calculated according to the same methodology. This makes it possible to compare results between countries. Secondly, displacement rates are estimated in the presence of an important recent phenomenon, i.e. the widespread availability of a wide variety of services for downloading or streaming content. Thirdly, the study includes minors to assess the extent of piracy among this group.

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