Music industry may seek salvation in ‘all you can eat’ downloads

Things have moved on a little since the days when the greatest threat to the music industry was teenagers furtively slipping blank tapes into ghetto blasters to snatch the odd song from the radiowaves.Today’s young people, a new report suggests, are every bit as passionate about music as their predecessors. But their love of a good tune is matched only by their proficiency at obtaining it illegally and their reluctance to pay for it. seer:Young people ignoring attempts to combat illegal music downloading
High-profile attempts to combat file sharing have failed to reduce the number of teenagers and students illegally swapping music over the internet, the largest academic study of young people’s music ownership has found.Research released today shows that 14- to 24-year-olds have an average of more than 8,000 songs on their computers and know that file sharing is illegal but will exploit whatever technology is available to enable them to enlarge their music collections for free. dips among young fans
There has been a slight drop – from 63% last year to 61% this year – in the number of young people illegally downloading music, a survey suggests.The UK Music-commissioned study, now in its second year, also found that 85% of those who downloaded illegally would pay for an unlimited download service. Brits are confused about legality of file-sharing
Young people continue to download as much copyright-infringing music as ever and are still confused about their liability for copyright infringement, a study of their music habits has found.The survey of over 1,800 British 14 to 24 year-olds found that 61% of them engage in illegal music file-sharing. It found that the young people assumed they would not be caught unless they were downloading large amounts of music.

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