Piracy In France Increases Despite Three-Strikes Law

Piracy In France Increases Despite Three-Strikes Law

Piracy In France Increases Despite Three-Strikes Law
A new study by Université de Rennes found the number of people accessing music illegally outside of P2P networks in France has increased 27 percent despite the implementation of the three-strikes Creation and Internet Law this past September. Only 33 percent of users ceased accessing music illegally by any method, with remaining users accessing music illegally via streaming or file-hosting sites. In related news, a European Union study commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce predicts piracy will lead to the loss of 1.2 million jobs and $326.8 billion in retail revenue in the European creative industries by 2015. According to the study, piracy contributed to the loss of more than 185,000 jobs and $13.6 billion in revenue in 2008. (3/18)

UMG To Launch CD Pricing Test
Universal Music Group will roll out a new CD pricing structure in the United States during the second quarter that will see single CDs retail between $6 and $10 each. The new structure will carry a 25 percent profit margin for retailers. While the initiative will not affect the company's digital pricing, UMG is deploying the test in an effort to help offset the continued decline of CD sales, which are currently down 15.4 percent this year. (3/18)
 

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