A new paper to be published in the upcoming issue of Marketing Science shows that removing DRM from music leads to a decrease in piracy. Or phrased differently, DRM appears to be an incentive for people to pirate music instead of buying it. The researchers from Rice and Duke University used analytical modelling to come to this seemingly common sense conclusion.
DRM only hurts legitimate customers.
The phrase above has been written a few dozen times here on TorrentFreak, and itâ€™s now supported by an academic report.
Researchers from Rice and Duke University looked into the effect of digital restrictions on music piracy. In their paper â€œMusic Downloads and the Flip Side of Digital Rights Management Protectionâ€ they conclude that DRM doesnâ€™t prevent piracy at all. Quite the opposite.
â€œOnly the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions. Illegal users are not affected because the pirated product does not have DRM restrictions,â€ the researchers write in their report.
Ditching DRM and other restrictions would actually reduce piracy according to the analytical model developed by the researchers.