The British Phonographic Institute (BPI) has stated in a new report (linked below) that, of the 8 million people downloading music in the UK, 7.4 million of them are doing it illegally. That’s right – 92% of you out there using music services are pirates. They also claim that people who download music spend 32% less of albums and CDs, and 59% less on singles.
To protect artists’ and record labels’ incomes they are prepared to take “serial filesharers” to court.
Backing this up, the BPI also issued a chilling warning to filesharers: stop downloading music illegally, or we’ll send you unwanted instant messages. They are proposing an IM service that warns uploaders that they are breaking the law and advises them to disable their file sharing clients.