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IFPI Warns That Nearly All Downloaded Music is Illegal

Posted: 16th Jan, 2009 By: MarkJ
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the recording industry worldwide, has published its 2009 Digital Music Report and revealed that 95% of music downloads (40 billion files) are illegal and unpaid for.

However the international digital music business still saw a sixth year of expansion in 2008, growing by an estimated 25% to £2.47bn billion in trade value. Digital platforms now account for around 20% of recorded music sales, up from 15% in 2007. Sadly worldwide music market revenues (all formats) managed to sink by 7%:

John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of IFPI, says: "There is a momentous debate going on about the environment on which our business, and all the people working in it, depends. Governments are beginning to accept that, in the debate over "free content" and engaging ISPs in protecting intellectual property rights, doing nothing is not an option if there is to be a future for commercial digital content."

The report, which was prepared before today’s earlier file sharing news ('UK Government Fails to Reach Illegal File Sharing Consensus'), predicts that partnerships with broadband providers are likely to become more important in the future. It reiterated that 72% of UK music consumers would stop illegally downloading if told to do so by their ISP (Entertainment Media Research, 2008).

Interesting 74% of French consumers agreed that Internet account disconnection is a better approach than fines and criminal sanctions (IPSOS, May 2008). Well they would if those are the only options offered, which is a bit like being asked to choose between having your arm or head chopped off.
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