Relevance of empirical analysis of the File Sharing vs. Music Piracy controversy

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Empirical investigations with a stronger rationale (Strumpf, Oberholzer-Gee, 2005) suggest that there is no direct causal link between the two. Boorstin (2004, p. 63) concurs and concludes that while file sharing increases record purchases in the 25 plus age group and decreases purchases among the 15 to 24 year old, the overall impact of Internet access on CD sales is positive...
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The lack of commonality in the measuring instruments used by all three studies and the obviously divergent conclusions that resulted, suggests that the scope of investigation should include a wider range of variables before a valid causal link can be established. But, in the final analysis, is such an exercise relevant? Statistical analysis tends to yield the best results within a narrow range of measurable variables where ?all other factors are equal (or irrelevant)'...
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