IFPI says piracy still damaging music sales

Darren Allan

January 21, 2010

Music industry body the IFPI has published its digital music report for 2010.

It says that despite moves to counter online music piracy – via legislation in some countries, and new distribution models such as the streaming music service Spotify – overall global music sales are still down from 2004 by some 30%.

Although more positively, when it came to digital music itself, worldwide revenues were up 12% to $4.2 billion in 2009. But that was still only half the growth rate experienced in 2008.

The report also talks about illegal file-sharing damaging the investment and sales figures of local music across the world.

“In particular, three countries known for the historic vibrancy and influence of their music and musicians – Spain, France, Brazil – are suffering acutely, with local artist album sales or the number of releases plummeting,” says the IFPI report.

The IFPI called for quicker movement by governments across the globe to introduce laws forcing ISPs to address digital piracy.


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  1. oxana says:

    Give copyright back to the authors

    Actually, copyright law itself is not that complex. The structure behind it is. Collecting societies, music publishers and record companies, who knows what they are doing? Imagine, you’re a small artist who wants to be famous. Sign here, sign here and sign here. Before you know it you don’t have any rights left, including income from gigs and merchandising. It used to be evident that we wanted to reward the creativity of people. Nowadays, it’s not that obvious anymore. My idea is that we should not discuss copyright law, but how to protect the performing, reproduction and any other rights of the music authors. Luckily I’m not the only one who is worried. It can’t be any coincidence that the Featured Artists Coalition was founded. They want the artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age. But there is also another way. The internet is a promising marketing environment, fit for individual management of copyright and the delivery of rights on demand to users. In these circumstances the music authors are in full control of their rights. And is that not what it used to be all about? Giving the advantages of being creative to such persons? I hope the authors will be more and more aware of the fact that they have a strong legal position.
    Website for D.I.Y music copyright: http://www.villamusicrights.com

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