A report of International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in 2010 shows that anti-piracy laws lift music sales (physical and digital combined) in one out of three top 20 markets world-wide.

Online piracy has caused a decrease in digital and physical sales of the music industry in America because instead of buying legitimate song tracks, people download it for free. To many people in the States, it is consumers’ right to freely access any materials available online including music. Others consider music sharing without its creators’ consent illegal. Regardless of the rising concerns of the artists, record label companies and others seeking compensation in the music industry, illegal file-sharing sites remain existent. On the other side, supporters of freely downloading music claim that making music readily available contributes to the increased popularity of the artists. Music listeners will eventually buy the copyrighted sound tracks if they really want to own it. The involvement of multiple stakeholders including Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and legislators might help to settle the unresolved debate.


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