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EMI Calls on UK ISPs to Clamp Down on Illegal Downloads

Posted: 23rd Feb, 2009 By: MarkJ
The chief executive of EMI Music, Elio Leoni-Sceti, has called on UK ISP to clamp down on consumers that abuse their services for the purpose of downloading illegal music. Leoni-Sceti goes on to liken Britain’s broadband infrastructure to being like a leaky pipe.

EMI's research suggests that 20% of Britain's £1.3bn music industry comes from digital sources, which increases to 70% by volume consumed; 90% is believed to be illegal. Happily the 10% of digital music bought legally is growing at twice the rate of illegal downloads:

“Internet service providers play a significant role because they own the pipe,” he told the Sunday Times. “In England we know there is a lot of water and content filtering wastefully through the pipes across the country. The pipe owner has a responsibility to close the holes.”

However he does praise Lord Carters Digital Britain report, which recommended enforcing a national scheme of sending piracy warning letters to suspected abusers, as being an "encouraging sign".
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