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BPI: 1.2 billion illegal music downloads in UK in 2010

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Dec 2010 23:00 User comments (5)

BPI: 1.2 billion illegal music downloads in UK in 2010 The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade group has once against highlighted the level of Internet music piracy in the UK in its annual report.
The group, which represents major and independent record companies in the UK, estimated that Internet users will illegally download 1.2 billion songs this year, and describes the estimate as "conservative." The number is compared to the 370 million tracks (including individual tracks in album downloads) that will be bought legally in the UK during the same time.

"Illegal downloading continues to rise in the UK," said Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive. "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 fledgling digital entertainment sector."

UK digital single sales could reach 160 million in 2010, up from 150 million last year. Album sales are expected to rise from 16.1 million to 21 million this year.

Figures from the BPI show that in the 12 months to the end of September 2010, digital services accounted for more than 24.5 percent of the UK record industry revenue, up from 19.2 percent in the previous 12 months. The rising sales are still not offsetting the drop in sales of music CDs however.

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5 user comments

116.12.2010 23:48

Lars Ulrick could have had his 6th gold-plated Ferrari by now if it weren't for Napster. You sons of bitches must pay for making him cry! Rabble rabble rabble!

216.12.2010 23:56

with the UK music being more focused on crap like x factor.
I say the day that BPI dies can't come soon enough.
the report left out all the millions that the bpi made off crap shows like the xfactor


1.2 billion sounds kinda low thought they would have claimed 100 billion billion downloads by now.

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317.12.2010 0:09

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"Illegal downloading continues to rise in the UK," said Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive. "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 fledgling digital entertainment sector."
only if you sell your soul and music to The Man.

if i had a band which i don't (the only instruments i'm good at are classical wind instruments,not much demand there:( i would start by touring, giving out singles of my successes, then contracting my own agent, and eventually when i make enough cash i would start mass producing Albums at 40cents a track and still make more money than any labels measly 5~9% per sale.

of course non-talented studio synth baby's would rather sign the get rich quick card, than devote there life to the art-form we call music.

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417.12.2010 0:11

Oh look, more made up numbers!

519.12.2010 16:25

Whatever money you think you are loseing from downloads, take it to 10% then take that down to 10% and thats more likely the real hard number. Which could easily be made up it all CEOs and VPs take a30% price cut from all what they get paid golden paracutes and other wise!


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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