That’s the one which would allow the British Phonographic Industry – no wonder they go by the acronym of the BPI – to ask a friendly Minister to block access to ‘pirate websites’ which allow people to download music free of charge.
Just watch it take a step closer…
The value of illegally downloaded music in the U.K. will be worth 1 billion pounds this year, as the practice proliferates and slows growth of the digital music market.
An estimated 7.7 million U.K. Internet users illegally download music on a regular basis, meaning musicians, songwriters and music companies receive no payments, according to the Digital Music Nation 2010 report from the BPI trade organization.
Though the U.K. boasts 67 legal online music services, more than any other country, there is no effective deterrent to obtaining music illegally, BPI said. The music industry is lobbying government to implement the Digital Economy Act, passed earlier this year and designed to curb illegal file sharing by requiring Internet service providers to block some users.
The report claims that the retail value of the illegally downloaded material is £984 million and that 28% of the UK online populations are busy illegally downloading….
‘To find that 76 per cent of downloads are illegal is shocking’ said Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive of the BPI. ‘Despite the progress of the legal market and the high awareness of legal services illegal downloading is not decreasing.’
‘It is a parasite that threatens to deprive a generation of talented young people of their chance to make a career in music, and is holding back investment in the burgeoning digital entertainment sector.’
But, but, but – those talented young people can still make a career in music – they just won’t be able to support an army of Chief Executives getting rich on their talent, they’ll be playing in pubs and clubs and earning a wage for it…..