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U researchers: Online piracy has no effect on box office sales

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and Wellesley College say they can't find any evidence that online piracy hurts box office totals, contrary to claims by the film industry. Their paper does suggest a link between illegal downloads and international sales, but the researchers say the industry itself could solve that problem by releasing movies earlier.
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A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and Wellesley College say they can't find any evidence that online piracy hurts box office totals, contrary to claims by the film industry. Their paper does suggest a link between illegal downloads and international sales, but the researchers say the industry itself could solve that problem by releasing movies earlier.

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