Originally Posted by Kudaranai
His point isn't whether it's legal or not. The point is that file-sharing increases sales and earnings by getting exposures and publicity.
Arguable. That study focused around Spotify, which as I mentioned is legal. Spotify pays for the rights to make the songs available for free. There's not way I know of to rip a song off Spotify without paying for one of their premium accounts. Therefore, if a user wanted to listen to a song on their music player, they would need to buy it (the song/CD or Spotify, both generate profit for the company anyways). Whereas with pirating the song is only bought once and distributed to people who don't pay, potentially lowering sales.