The Global Pillage: Internet piracy is best tackled by the industry itself

People hear want they want to hear. And, these days, they also watch what they want to watch and read what they want to read, at a time of their choice, and without paying. The unchecked rise of downloading of films, music and even books means that millions of people worldwide now get their entertainment easily, online and without entering a shop or cinema.The creative industries are suffering mightily as a consequence; the main US film studios lost an estimated $2.3 billion (£1.15 billion) to internet piracy in 2005, and the British music industry says it has lost £1.1 billion since 2005. As a great deal of online downloading is illegal, it is understandable that industries want to press for the enforcement of laws broken and to stem the loss of profit.

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