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Digital Piracy Vs. The Music Industry [Infographic]

The Music Industry has been struggling to battle the revolution of Digital Piracy for years, with countless musician’s speaking out against it.  This struggle has gone as far as the creation of a few ill-advised bills being proposed by Congress, known as SOPA and PIPA, to protect Hollywood’s movie and music industries from dropping drastic levels of revenue.  However, these laws were far from desirable, and the Music Industry still faces a challenge in battling piracy, despite the activists against it!

Despite all the efforts that have gone into protecting the music industry from piracy, according to this brilliant Infographic by WebpageFX, the Music Industry has been ineffective, and has tough times ahead.

Online Piracy in the Music Industry

Infographic by WebpageFX

Reader Comments (7)

Brilliant? Let's take some misinformation and make it look pretty? Also I thought that infographics were supposed to make large numbers of stats easier to understand. This has about a dozen vague estimates on it, scattered across it pirate map!

Or maybe that's the point.

Actually scratch the above, it's perfect - A threadbare collection of vague estimates glammed up so people will look at them, that's the Industry take on piracy!

Thanks for posting.

January 25 | Unregistered Commenterrd

Yeah, I agree with rd, this thing confused the shit out of me.

What does McDonald's jobs have anything to do with music industry jobs? And why are we speculating about jobs in 2015?

I despise infographics, especially poorly designed ones. At least try to make it look nice!

January 25 | Unregistered CommenterMark

A clip from a recent article ... "Videos, recordings etc, the market has clearly determined are mere commercial advertising opportunities to gain recognition, and fame. Although as incredible it may be to imagine, the product of artists may no longer be a saleable item."... full article:

January 25 | Unregistered CommenterDarryl

This reminds me of musicians who do free mp3 promotions and think the number of Facebook likes and forum views will equal sales. It is just wrong. Shape up, mtt.

January 25 | Unregistered CommenterNic

Here's an interesting graphical counterpoint to the above:

January 31 | Unregistered CommenterMiguel Marcos

With regards to music piracy and from an ethical standpoint, I believe an artist has every right to be angry and seek legal action when their recordings are unwillingly sold for profit or bootlegged by a shady record label or download site. It's the intellectual property of the artist, who typically writes and composes their own songs. Not to mention, the artist has developed their own way of performing a song, which is documented within the recording.

In 2011, a judge ruled in favor of singer Paul Collins, whose rock group The Beat lost substantial revenue from a series of unauthorized bootleg recordings released by an underground record label. The recordings were unknowingly engineered during The Beat's tours with The Police, Eddie Money and The Cure. Although the label argued that the recordings were tracked and mixed by an independent investor during the 1970s and 1980s, Collins was unaware of these dealings and was awarded an unspecified amount of damages. Collins was granted permission to digitally re-master and officially release the live recordings. In response to backlash and negative publicity from fans accusing him of being greedy, Collins attempted to make a public statement about piracy. In 2012, Collins made the recordings available to everyone as free MP3 download tracks to fans worldwide.

Some fans might argue that Metallica was selfish to target Napster for illegally offering their music as MP3s. In all fairness, not everyone victimized by piracy are platinum-selling, wealthy artists in the caliber of Metallica. Paul Collins had just as much right to take legal action, but he turned the negative situation into a positive one by publicly releasing the pirated material as free downloads to his fans. Case in point, not all rock stars are selfish or "only in it for the money." Musicians have a right to be paid for their intellectual property. People who support music piracy only think about themselves. If a musician isn't being paid for their work, how are they supposed to continue recording, writing, performing and touring? Musicians aren't slaves and if they aren't making enough money to function, then they might choose a different career path that doesn't involve making music.

February 9 | Unregistered CommenterDaniella

True that digital piracy has been grown in the last few years but it helps the newbies to get more popularity.

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