Online film and music piracy ‘could cost 30,000 UK jobs’

Illegal downloading of films, TV programmes and music could mean the loss of 30,000 British jobs, according to a powerful alliance of retailers and rights-holders.The figure is based on research commissioned by the Entertainment Retailers Association, which represents businesses that sell DVDs, CDs and computer games, and carried out by consultancy Europe Economics. It found that the creative industries employ 400,000 people, and estimated that piracy costs up to £1.5bn in lost revenue each year.

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