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8 July 2011 - The US entertainment industry and five major Internet service provider (ISP) struck yesterday a deal designed to combat the illegal downloading
of copyrighted music and films, the Financial Times reported.
You can't watch a DVD or listen to an album without seeing some form of warning about illegal downloading
. For many, the idea of downloading one or two songs from their favourite artists or a movie they want to see and burning it to a disc isn't much of a big deal, yet the effect this can have on not just the relevant industries but local businesses as well is huge.
The measure is aimed at combating illegal downloading
and, thus, at creating the conditions for an increased offer of music and lower prices for consumers.
But Martin McAloon, former bassist in Prefab Sprout and information manager for Newcastle music agency Generator, said: "There isn't really a positive in illegal downloading
. "People are trying to build creative businesses and without the ability to make money from their products then how are the musicians of the future going to survive?
of music, films and TV programmes cost Britain 39,000 jobs and retail losses of pounds 1.4bn in 2008, a report claimed today.
A controversial new copyright treaty, called The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), is currently in the works, and will purportedly introduce tough new measures to combat illegal downloading
, file-sharing and secret monitoring.
Global recorded music sales fell around 10 percent in 2009 as rampant illegal downloading
continued to eat into legitimate digital and physical sales, according to IFPI.
The bill, which was opposed by consumer groups but had the backing of the music and film industry, is one of the toughest ever drafted in the global fight against the illegal downloading
of films, music and computer games.
'Rotana' added the new condition to all contracts with its artists because of the great loss the company has suffered from illegal downloading
of music over the internet.
The document tackles issues such as universal broadband and illegal downloading
and looked at a future for regional media.