File sharing site Pirate Bay's  come under fire recently and is being blocked everywhere from Manchester  to Mumbai . TorrentFreak found  a new study  by an economist at North Carolina State University that adds to evidence that closing down such file sharing sites may hurt sections of the same music industry that's hunting them down. Robert Hammond studied a year's worth of album sales data, comparing it with file shares via BitTorrent. He found that album sales did better if they became available first as shared files--selling up to 60 more copies a month after their online "release." Hammond also found that this trend favors established musicians over smaller, indie artists--in fact, the bigger they were, the more benefit they got from file sharers.
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