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Digital music sales grows 25% in 2008

ifpiThe International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, IFPI, showed results telling that legal sales of digital music have been $3,700 million for 2008, €2,800 million, representing an increase of 25% respect the previous year, 2007.

Japan leads the legal purchase of music via the mobile telephone with more than 140 million songs downloaded, while U.S. is the leader in selling digital music with a 50% market share worldwide, 1,100 million songs legally downloaded. Despite these figures, 95% of all music that was downloaded last year was illegal, that is to say, no money for the intellectual work of making music, produce it and launch it on the market. IFPI estimates that were made up to 40 billion illegal files download over the past year.

Cut the internet connection to those who download music illegally:

epoliIFPI’s chairman, John Kennedy believes that limiting access to Internet is the only way to end the piracy. Insists that the Internet providers are the ones who have to handle the user / "client" to not to download illegal content, from IP addresses information. It is not only a problem in the music industry, but also film, television and books, due to the extension of unauthorized download.

At the recent International Forum of Digital Content, FICOD'08, organized by the Industry Ministry of the spanish government, the vice president of Software Alliance in Spain, Alfonso Sort explained that 43% of Spain software was illegal, and in some regions reached 60%. All this was an economic loss of €659 million.

These two views show where the industry have to go in the near future while the french Senate has just sanctioned a law of illegal downloads that President Sarkozy has personally endorsed, here in Spain, the courts give free legality to P2P downloads because these platform are not looking for profits.

The law approved in France, with sanctions to the user until one year without Internet applied after two warnings. Put in operation a cyberspace police to protect the rights of intellectual property.

Half of the on line purchase will be legal in 2013:

The French example should encourage the protection of intellectual property rights in the cultural world; we don’t have to forget that involve three main actors, the creator, producer and the distributor. In this new world of cyberspace we could settle that everything costs nothing, it’s free, while the job of putting it on the network is nothing.

ipodThe spanish judges are beginning to say that the penalty process against downloading piracy is not the appropriate jurisdiction, because if there is an economic damage, the civil jurisdiction can contemplate damage the cyber pirate.

In fact the report U.S. Music Forecast, 2008 to 2013 reveals that in five years, 55% of users who make purchases online typically will pay to download music. Despite this positive perspective, the study anticipates that the decline in CD sales can not be offset by higher revenues from the "Electronic Download" of music. The consultant company says the musical market in United Stats will be reduced in the next five years by four hundred million dollars, the current income of $10,200 will down to $9,800 million dollars.

However, and according to the report, even though piracy is leading the online music downloads, legal purchases begin to be increasingly popular among U.S. internet users. Companies like Amazon that allow legal downloads of MP3 compatible with all music player without any restrictions, are pushing sales of digital music.

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