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  1. Business Matters: New Study Debunks Data Showing File-Sharing Helps CD Sales

    August 22, 2012 11:47 AM EDT An influential 2007 academic paper that found a positive link between file sharing and CD purchases has been debunked after a professor from Australia has taken the same data set and come to an opposite conclusion. As blogger and lawyer Barry Sook ...

  2. Business Matters: A New Look at an Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases

    February 02, 2012 9:11 PM EST A New Look at An Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases -- A controversial 2007 paper on P2P's impact on CD purchases has got a second look -- with conclusions the music industry will like. A new paper based on the same survey data used i ...

  3. 2010 British Album Sales Down 7%, Digital Up 30%

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Album sales fell by seven percent in Britain last year, despite a 30 percent jump in the number of digital albums purchased, industry lobby group the BPI said on Wednesday. The figures compiled by the Official Charts Company extend the trend of re ...

  4. BPI: Piracy Accounts for 'Only' 75% of All Tracks Acquired Online

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A quarter of all digital tracks acquired in the U.K. in 2010 are acquired legally, according to figures in the BPI's 39-page Digital Music Nation 2010 report released Thursday. That ratio of legal-to-illegal tracks implies a far better situat ...

  5. Researchers Change Tune, Now Say P2P Has Negative Impact

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two researchers who previously believed that file-sharing had no impact on music sales have now changed their minds. In a 2004 paper , Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill (now at the University of ...

  6. Spanish Judges Compare P2P To Lending Libraries

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's anti-piracy campaigners have suffered a new blow following yet another court ruling that clears a web site that offered links to protected cultural content of infringing intellectual property legislation. Three judges closed the five- ...

  7. Study Shows More Australians Illegally Downloading

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's buoyant recorded music industry still has a mountain to climb if it is to convert file-sharers to legitimate digital music offerings, a new research paper reveals. According to the findings of a new report, entitled "CCi Digi ...

  8. Spanish Judge Rules File-Sharing Not Illegal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A legal twist appears to ensure that Spain will continue to offer massive headaches to anti-piracy campaigners and untold joy to the growing number of Internet users and operators who swear by what they call "free culture." A Barcelona j ...

  9. BPI Says Non-P2P Web Piracy Growing

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI says that while levels of P2P file-sharing remained steady in 2009, alternative Web-based illegal services have grown. While the focus in recent years has been on tackling illegal file-sharing, there are now other online th ...

  10. Spanish Govt Moves On P2P

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish government appears at last ready to act against unauthorized P2P file-sharing - although there is no big hurry. In a brief note, the Council of Ministers said it had agreed to set up an inter-ministerial working commission "to adv ...

  11. Spanish Man Behind P2P Site Jailed

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Spanish court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to six months in jail for operating an illegal file-sharing Web site. The verdict coincides with the April 7 appointment of new Spanish culture minister Ángeles Gónzalez-Sinde, who has voiced her str ...

  12. Mexican Authorities Shut Down File-sharing Server

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican authorities have shut down a file-sharing server that enabled the exchange of music and videogames online via DirectConnect, a worldwide peer-to-peer network that has been the subject of IFPI lawsuits and international police raids. The Me ...

  13. Canadian Court Pulls Plug On Quebectorrent

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Quebec Superior Court has issued an injunction shutting down the controversial company Quebectorrent.com Inc., one of the most prominent file sharing services operating in the province. The court ordered defendant Sebastien Brulotte to "c ...

  14. Study: Average Canadian Musician Earns $16,500 Per Year

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The average Canadian musician makes only $16,500 ($16,000 US) per year from their craft and is largely against free file sharing, according to a survey of 700 musicians conducted by Pollara, a Toronto-based research firm. The survey was released a ...

  15. Italian File-Sharers Let Off The Hook

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian companies may not spy on individuals who engage in illegal file-sharing, according to a controversial new ruling. The ruling of Francesco Pizzetti, president of the official Italian body for Guaranteeing the Protection of Private Data, fol ...

  16. File Sharing Expert Rebuts Study

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST File sharing expert Stan Liebowitz issued a rebuttal yesterday to a recent Canadian government study that indicated there was no discernable connection between file sharing and compact disc sales. The study, commissioned by Industry Canada and rel ...

  17. Report: No Connection Between File-Sharing, CD Sales

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST A new Canadian government study concludes there is no discernable connection - either positive or negative - between free sharing of music files on the Internet and the purchasing of compact discs. The study was conducted by University of London d ...

  18. eDonkey Servers Shut Down

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online music piracy was dealt another blow by the IFPI, the global music industry trade body, following a series of legal actions against illegal file sharers in Germany this week. Local courts granted the organization injunctions to shut down sev ...

  19. BPI Investigates Honeywell File-Sharing Claims

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has joined forces with the Strathclyde Police to launch a probe into illegal music file-sharing at Scotland-based engineering group Honeywell. The investigation, which kicked in yesterday (June 28), following two months of preliminary inqu ...

  20. Italian Report Highlights P2P Piracy Problems

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The correlation between illegal file-sharing and the decline of CD sales in Italy has been further illustrated by a new report. According to the study, published by the Einaudi Foundation, a Rome-based economic research institute, 30% of illegal f ...

  21. Study: P2P Has Little Impact On Album Sales

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Kansas claim that the effect of pirate peer-to-peer file sharing networks on music industry sales "are indistinguishable from zero" in a report they published this month. The repo ...

  22. Swedish File-Sharer Fined

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT First online piracy case in Sweden. A Swedish court on Wednesday (Oct. 18) fined a man for illegally sharing music files online, making him the first Swede to be convicted for spreading copyrighted songs over the Internet. The 44-year-old, who was ...

  23. Report: U.K. Legal Downloaders On The Rise

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The number of legal music downloaders in the United Kingdom is growing so rapidly that they could soon overtake the amount of illegal users, new research suggests. The number of legal music downloaders in the United Kingdom is growing so rapidly t ...

  24. Taiwan Court Convicts P2P Execs

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The international music industry claimed a landmark legal victory in its battle against peer-to-peer file-sharing networks Sept. 9 when a Taiwan court convicted executives of the Kuro service of crimi TAIPEI -- The international music industry cla ...

  25. Taiwan Court Convicts Taiwan P2P Service Kuro

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The international music industry claimed a landmark legal victory in its battle against peer-to-peer file-sharing networks today (Sept. 9) when a Taiwan court convicted the Kuro service of criminal co The international music industry claimed a lan ...

  26. Taiwan Court Convicts Taiwan P2P Service Kuro

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The international music industry claimed a landmark legal victory in its battle against peer-to-peer file-sharing networks today (Sept. 9) when a Taiwan court convicted the Kuro service of criminal co The international music industry claimed a lan ...

  27. The Publisher's Place

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Publishers and songwriters are joining in efforts by a number of groups to take the latest message about illegal file sharing to the streets. Educating the public about file sharing took on a new sens Publishers and songwriters are joining in effo ...

  28. Italian Officials Bust P2P Network

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Officials from Italy's postal police division have uncovered an illegal file-sharing network involving some 100,000 individuals, including schoolteachers and college students. MILAN -- Officials from Italy's postal police division have u ...

  29. Italian Officials Bust P2P Network

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Officials from Italy's postal police service have uncovered an illegal file-sharing network involving some 100,000 individuals, including school teachers and college students. The 12-month investigati Officials from Italy's postal police ...

  30. Italian Officials Bust P2P Network

    June 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Individuals face fines of up to $45K. Officials from Italy's postal police division have uncovered an illegal file-sharing network involving some 100,000 individuals, including school teachers and college students. The 12-month investigation, ...

  31. Survey: P2P Still A Problem In Europe

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jupiter study identifies Spain as worst offenders. Unauthorized peer-to-peer file-sharing activity remains high in Western Europe despite the music industry's use of litigation to clamp down on the practice, according to new research. The stu ...

  32. Survey: P2P Still A Problem In Europe

    June 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Unauthorized peer-to-peer file-sharing activity remains high in Western Europe despite the music industry's use of litigation to clamp down on the practice, according to new research. Unauthorized peer-to-peer file-sharing activity remains hi ...

  33. U.K. Court Orders ISPs To Disclose User IDs

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT individuals suspected of illegal file-sharing. 33 individuals suspected of illegal file-sharing. News ...

  34. BPI Settles P2P Infringement Suits

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The British Phonographic Industry's campaign against illegal file-sharers is gathering pace. The trade group said today (March 4) it has reached settlements with 23 P2P users as it prepares for a new The British Phonographic Industry's c ...

  35. BPI Settles P2P Infringment Suits

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The British Phonographic Industry's campaign against illegal file-sharers is gathering pace. The trade group said today (March 4) it has reached settlements with 23 P2P users as it prepares for a new The British Phonographic Industry's c ...

  36. Digital Sales Reach $330M In 2004

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry today (Jan. 19) outlined the crucial gains it has made in the battle against digital piracy. The international recorded music industry today (Jan. 19) outlined the crucial gains it has made in the battle a ...

  37. Digital Sales Reach $330M In 2004

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Legit downloads soar in U.S., Europe. The international recorded music industry today (Jan. 19) outlined the crucial gains it has made in the battle against digital piracy. While unveiling its new "Digital Music Report" in London, the IF ...

  38. Digital Sales Reach $330M In 2004

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry today (Jan. 19) outlined the crucial gains it has made in the battle against digital piracy. The international recorded music industry today (Jan. 19) outlined the crucial gains it has made in the battle a ...

  39. Brit Judge Orders ISPs To Expose Uploaders

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BPI 'encouraged' by legal stance. U.K. trade body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has won the latest round in its war against online music piracy. The High Court in London today (Oct. 14) granted an order forcing four Internet Se ...

  40. U.K., France To Start Suing File-sharers

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The recorded music industry is stepping up its fight against illegal file-sharing by launching 459 legal actions against music "uploaders" throughout Europe. The recorded music industry is stepping up its fight against illegal file-shari ...

  41. U.K., France To Start Suing File-sharers

    October 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The recorded music industry is stepping up its fight against illegal file-sharing by launching 459 legal actions against music "uploaders" throughout Europe. The recorded music industry is stepping up its fight against illegal file-shari ...

  42. German Police Seize FTP Server Sharing 60K Songs

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A German network technician faces criminal prosecution and a five-figure damages bill for allegedly running the country's biggest offering of illegal music downloads. A German network technician faces criminal prosecution and a five-figure da ...

  43. German Police Seize FTP Server Sharing 60K Songs

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A German network technician faces criminal prosecution and a five-figure damages bill for allegedly running the country's biggest offering of illegal music downloads. A German network technician faces criminal prosecution and a five-figure da ...

  44. Future of Music Summit Sure To Fuel Debate

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The first panel at the Future of Music's annual policy summit in D.C. on May 2 and 3 is certain to generate fireworks. WASHINGTON--The first panel at the Future of Music's annual policy summit in D.C. on May 2 and 3 is certain to generat ...

  45. New Bill Consolidates Measures Vs. File-Sharing

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST House lawmakers on the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property marked up legislation today (March 31) that deals aggressively with file-sharing over the Internet. The bill was f House lawmakers on the Subcommittee on Courts, ...

  46. IFPI Unveils Online Music Piracy Report

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has published its first comprehensive study on the growth of legal online music services in Europe. The IFPI has published its first comprehensive study on the growth of legal online music services in Europe. The IFPI Online Music Report ...