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Bodó, B., & Lakatos, Z. (2010). ‘A filmek online feketepiaca és a moziforgalmazás (Online black market of films and the movie distribution)’, Szociológiai Szemle (Review of Sociology of the Hungarian Sociological Association). market data/movies/publications

In this article we look at the interconnections between the p2p and legal marketplaces in the case of the film industry using data collection methods that avoid the pitfalls of questionnaire-based surveys. Central to our analysis is the assessment of two piracy paradigms: substitution and shortage, that is whether pirated content is available through legal or only through illegal channels. Using transactional data (real time observation of p2p downloading activity by users of three major Hungarian torrent trackers) and movie distribution statistics we find that shortage-driven downloaders (pirating old catalogues only) outnumber those downloading only current theatrical releases, while the majority pirates both categories. The analysis of causal relationships reveals nonetheless that demand for a film among online pirates is impacted by its theatrical distribution (number of copies) rather than its actual success at the box offices, the effect of which is insignificant. This leads to the conclusion that part of the marketing efforts directly contributes to propping up piracy. However, the high diversity of the movie genres downloaded by users suggests that p2p pirating is also an activity that is disembedded from the context of personal taste and is thus contributing to the evolution of cultural consumption beyond preexisting preferences and loyalties.

Bodó, B., & Lakatos, Z. (2010). Hungarian cinemas and the file-sharing blackmarket. Hungarian Sociological Review. (kéziratban elérhető itt)

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