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IFPI Digital Music Report 08

January 29, 2008

The IFPI Digital Music Report 08 calls on the European Union to consider the French approach to ISP responsibilty for copyright infringers and action.

But what the report show more than anytihng is the phenomenal growth in digital content and how the music industry is leading the pack.

Some eye-watering stats include that in 2003 there were approximately 50 legal music services and now there are more than 500 (consolidation will be next then…).  In the same period the value of digital music sales has gone from around US$20m to US$2.9bn.

In comparison with other industries PWC figures show that the music industry is deriving more of its revenue from digital:

Books 2%

Films 3%

Newspapers 7%

Recorded music 15%

For those immersed in the machinations of the legal and illegal consumption of digital music the report probably reports little unfamiliar. But for anyone who wants to get up to speed on the issues at play in the digital music field it is a more than worthy starting point. 


Anti-piracy trade bodies

November 30, 2007

The FT reports on rumours that EMI’s new owners might cut back on trade body funding (such as BPI, IFPI, RIAA). Whilst the cutting back on the RIAA may look sensible given EMI’s appalling performance in the US and the RIAA’s hapless performance in dealing with piracy in the US EMI need to consider that they are dealing with a global problem.

Trade bodies can give their members useful economies of scale not available to individual members. In something like the fight against content piracy most companies share the same targets.

Guy Hands wants EMI to be a 360 degree music company (or something ) but at the moment he has only recorded music and publishing. If he turns his back on the united method of fighting online piracy he further risks one of his core asset types before he has grown other revenue streams. Dangerous.


October 23, 2007

Whilst shutting down The Pirate Bay is so far eluding the content owners the music industry has just reported a success against one of the most notorious private Bit Torrent sites – OiNK. The press release from the IFPI says that UK and Dutch police carried out raids and a male was arrested in the UK. You can bet this raid is an important one since OiNK prides itself on getting high-quality, clean copies of pre-release albums for release to the internet and is therefore high up in the food chain of pre-release piracy.

Taiwan tightens up P2P laws

June 19, 2007

Taiwan‘s laws needed clarification after Kuro settled with the IFPI in 2005 and then the following year EZPeer won their case (subsequently going legit anyway). Billboard reports that recent changes to the law make those providing p2p software liable (criminally and civilly) for copyright infringment. It’s obviously easier to pass such a law when there are no longer major p2p operators in the country, but I suspect this will be used as an exemplar to other countries in the region. It’s also notable that this new law requires the operator to be making a ‘profit’ – there is suggestion that ‘profit’ may not have to be pecuniary.

Music piracy – ten inconvenient truths

June 5, 2007

Music industry body IFPI recently published this myth-busting list of what they call ‘inconvenient truths’. Pirate Bay, Allofmp3 and ISPs are singled out each for a truth.