Web disconnection threat to downloaders; Global music sales fell around 10% in 2007; Illegal downloads outnumber bought music 20 to 1

Internet users who illegally share music could face having the plug pulled on their web connection after record labels yesterday called for new legislation to tackle digital piracy.New figures showed music sales continued to decline, down by about 10% in 2007 as strong growth in digital revenues failed to offset the continuing slump in CD sales and the effects of piracy. Global sales via the internet and mobile phones grew by 40% to an estimated $2.9bn (£1.48bn).Avril Lavigne had the biggest digital single in 2007, selling 7.3m copies of Girlfriend on the internet and mobile networks, which the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said would become increasingly popular as a distribution medium this year.The 2008 IFPI digital music report said there were now more than 500 legitimate digital stores, offering more than 6m tracks. Globally, sales are split roughly 50-50 between mobile services and the internet, with the former particularly popular in Asia.But it said that for every song sold legitimately through services such as Apple’s iTunes music store, an estimated 20 were downloaded illegally.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jan/25/media.internetMusic industry takes a swipe at ISPs
The music industry took a firm swipe at internet service providers (ISPs) today, accusing them of being in large part responsible for the dramatic loss in profits record labels have suffered as a result of illegal downloading.In a strongly worded statement, the IFPI – the music industry body – called for the EU to draw up legislation that would place obligations on ISPs to monitor the traffic across their networks, and to suspend the accounts of customers who broke the law.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3247758.eceGlobal music sales fell around 10 pct in 2007 [Reuters]
Sales of music fell at a faster rate in 2007 than 2006 despite digital sales soaring, and the gatekeepers of the Web must act if the industry is to beat piracy, the international trade body said on Thursday.Global digital sales grew by around 40 percent in 2007, the IFPI group said, but this was not enough to offset the sharp fall in CD sales, meaning the overall market is expected to be down around 10 percent for 2007.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKL2336020420080125Illegal downloads outnumber bought music 20 to 1 [Reuters]
Illegally downloaded tracks now outnumber legally bought music tracks by 20 to 1, the international trade body said today.Sales of music fell at a faster rate in 2007 than 2006 despite digital sales soaring, the IFPI said in a new report.Global digital sales grew by around 40 per cent in 2007, the IFPI group said, but this was not enough to offset the sharp fall in CD sales, meaning the overall market is expected to be down around 10 per cent for 2007.
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