The music industry is saved! It turns out that all those pirates sitting in front of their computers sharing files are the very same consumers who spend the most money on recorded music. The American Assembly, which says it was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower “to illuminate issues of public policy,” and Google sponsored a research project performed by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on Americans’ attitudes on digital media. The report should be out later this year but preliminary results are contained here. Findings include that: those who pirate are most likely to purchase; legal streaming services are reducing piracy; less than 2 percent of Americans are heavy music pirates (having more than 1,000 digital files); and only 51% of respondents supported a fine for illegal downloading. This study is, of course, at odds with press fromRIAA (the Recording Industry Association of America) and a 2007 finding by the Institute for Policy Innovation, which blames piracy for $12.5 billion dollars in losses to the U.S. economy and 70,000 lost jobs. Whatever your personal feelings, making unauthorized copies is still against the law, and, as recently as May, the U.S. Supreme Court let a $675,000 judgment stand against defendant Joel Tenebaum over his piracy of 30 songs.