The Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics (IDEA) at Carnegie Mellon University conducts research into timely public policy and managerial questions raised by the emergence of digital distribution channels for entertainment content.

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Recent News

IDEA Research of how piracy can hurt consumers was featured on the Technology Policy Institute blog.  The correlations found are consistent with the hypothesis that piracy adversely affects both demand and supply, and has caused investment in culturally important films to drop. – December 6, 2017

Michael Smith was featured in an article by Billboard about the concern of artists limiting legal access to albums and how it may result in increased piracy from customers.
– November 22, 2017

Michael Smith’s paper with Pedro Ferreira and Miguel Godinho de Matos is now available on Management Science articles in advance. In the paper we conduct a real-world experiment with a major telecommunications provider to analyze the effect of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services on digital piracy consumption. Our results show that “using legal SVoD to curtail piracy will require, at the minimum, offering content much earlier and at much lower prices than those currently offered in the marketplace, changes that are likely to reduce industry revenue and that may damage overall incentives to produce new content while, at the same time, curbing only a small share of piracy.” -November 22, 2017

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