German politicians were to blame for making it too easy for music pirates to go undetected in the interests of data privacy, Dagmar Sikorski, president of the German Music Publishers Association, said during the association's annual conference today in Lübeck.

"The cost of prosecuting breaches of copyright has been placed on the shoulders of the copyright holders," she said, "despite them being the ones who sustain the loss in the first place. That is an unjust situation."

Some of the 180-plus music publishers also voiced their disapproval of a rule in the revised copyright law which meant the fines imposed for the first instance of copyright breach are to be capped at €100 ($155).

More than two-thirds of Internet traffic in Germany is generated through the use of illegal file-sharing platforms, Sikorski noted.