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BPI Welcomes Legal Downloading Campaign

Posted: 30th Apr, 2008 By: MarkJ
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), a record labels’ body, has given its backing to a global campaign that was launched today promoting safe and legal music downloading amongst young people. The campaign is run by Childnet, a children’s Internet charity, and aims to provide guidance to parents and teachers.

The BPI sights a number of recent studies, which indicate that one third of young people regularly download music from peer-to-peer (p2p) networks, three times more than the proportion of those using licensed, safe and legal music services. By comparison most parents lack the awareness and knowledge to monitor their child’s activities:

Welcoming the publication of the leaflet, Kevin Brennan MP, Minister for Children, Young People and Families said: “The recent Byron Review confirmed that it’s really important that we support teachers and parents to understand what children are doing online so that they can help them manage the risks and get the most from new technology.

The Byron Review highlighted the generational digital divide. We need to help adults bridge that gap, and also help young people to understand that the virtual world is not a valueless world, and that it is important to respect the rights of others online including around cyber bullying and illegal downloading.
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BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor added: “While many parents are happy to leave downloading music to the kids, this can create problems for those parents who want to be sure their kids are using the internet legally and safely.

Even though there are plenty of licensed, safe and legal digital music services available, illegal downloading is still widespread, and there’s a lack of decent information out there for parents and teachers. But we hope that this campaign will help fill that gap, de-mystify music on the internet, and encourage more people to start downloading legally.
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The BPI is currently trying to encourage ISPs to adopt some form of "three-strikes" style self-regulation, which could see customers caught downloading illegal music being disconnected from their provider. To date most providers appear to be resisting these calls, sighting a multitude of technical, legal and commercial concerns (see our article 'To Ban or Not to Ban (Illegal File Sharers)').
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