A study has found a spike in activity after some festival performances - but could these researchers have an ulterior motive?
Posted on Jul 24, 2013 02:59 pm
A new study has found that music festivals cause a surge in music piracy.
The research conducted by Spotify claims that festival goers tend to return from festivals and seek out music from artists they like - but if it isn't available on streaming services, they'll seek out illegal alternatives, according to CBR Online.
Spotify, who obviously have an interest in promoting streaming services, say that artists who aren't available on their network will suffer the effects of piracy if they delay streaming their music.
In the study, an analysis found some examples of torrents spiking immediately after festival performances, though they admit further research is needed.
"Explanations for these spikes merits further study, but one intuitive driver is instant gratification," said Spotify. "Academics and policy makers who are researching this topic may want to consider other events such as awards and talent shows to see if similar spikes occur."
Spotify was recently the target of a protest by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich. The pair removed their side-project Atoms for Peace from the service to raise awareness that new artists get a bad deal compared to major labels.
"The massive amount of catalogue being streamed guarantees that they get the big massive slice of the pie (that $500 million) and the smaller producers and labels get pittance for their comparatively few streams. This is what's wrong," said Godrich.