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Music Biz Pushes Piracy Blame To ISPs; Digital Sales Up 40 Percent

We told you in December the music industry would this year start to shift blame for piracy on to ISPs. As of today – and buoyed by recent similar French moves – the business is going after access providers in a big way. “Copyright theft has been allowed to run rampant on their networks under the guise of technological advancement,” writes John Kennedy, chair of the London-based IFPI global record label umbrella in its 2008 Digital Music report, out today.

“Some estimates say no less than 80 per cent of all internet traffic comprises copyright-infringing files on P2P networks. ISPs have largely stood by, allowing a massive devaluation of copyrighted music. This … has prompted a crisis in recorded music. There is only one acceptable moment for ISPs to start taking responsibility for protecting content

2 Responses to “Music Biz Pushes Piracy Blame To ISPs; Digital Sales Up 40 Percent”

  1. I believe that most of the problem with piracy would go away if the industry truly embraced online music sales and adopted a true free market approach to pricing. IN the "old days" a music label would promote one or two hits and fill the rest of the album with junk. Since they cannot do that anymore they are trying to make up for it by over-pricing the individual songs. Currently they have set the price per download at an arbitrary $1. If this were allowed to be a fluid price, based on customer demand, i think you'd see piracy decrease. Just like VHS tapes and DVDs now. Sure there is piracy but why bother when new ones cost a couple bucks?

    Just my humble opinion,

    Mark