YouTube Views Appear to Raise TV Anime DVD Sales
Tatsuo Tanaka, an associate professor of economics at Keio University, posted a discussion paper titled “Do Illegal Copies of Movies Reduce the Revenue of Legal Products? The case of TV animation in Japan” last month.
The paper details the research that Tanaka conducted on the effects that the video-sharing site YouTube and file-sharing program Winny had on DVD sales and rentals for television animation programs in Japan.
Tanaka was a faculty fellow in the Japanese government’s Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry (RIETI), which hosts the paper. However, Tanaka emphasized that the paper expresses his own views and does not represent the views of RIETI.