Just a couple weeks after the SSRC research report that goes into great detail about how the attempts to ramp up copyright enforcement won't actually help the entertainment industry came out, Boing Boing
points us to another report, this one coming from the London School of Economics, which basically says the same thing.
- The DEA gets the balance between copyright enforcement and innovation wrong. The use of peer-to-peer technology should be encouraged to promote innovative applications. Focusing on efforts to suppress the use of technological advances and to protect out-of-date business models will stifle innovation in this industry.
- Providing user-friendly, hassle-free solutions to enable users to download music legally at a reasonable price, is a much more effective strategy for enforcing copyright than a heavy-handed legislative and regulatory regime.
- Decline in the sales of physical copies of recorded music cannot be attributed solely to file-sharing, but should be explained by a combination of factors such as changing patterns in music consumption, decreasing disposable household incomes for leisure products and increasing sales of digital content through online platforms.
So now we have two separate, but thorough, research reports by extremely well-respected organizations saying the same basic thing: focusing on enforcement won't help and will almost certainly hurt. So why is it that our policy makers are still focused solely on enforcement?