EU telecom industry tries to boost legal music downloading

European telecoms are pushing legitimate download sites, but content owners still want actions to curb illegal file sharing

The record industry gave a muted response to ETNO's move, and reiterated its call for tougher measures to punish illegal file sharers.

"ETNO's website bears witness to the many attractive, legitimate services that the music industry has developed in Europe," said John Kennedy, chief executive of the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), in response to written questions.

He argued that raising awareness of all the legitimate options available to consumers is "an important part" of developing a thriving digital content sector, but added: "We now urgently need ETNO and its member companies to play their part in curbing mass-scale copyright infringement on their networks to make space for these legitimate services to grow."

ETNO's Bartholomew insisted that users "should not be unreasonably criminalized or stigmatized," adding that the problem of copyright infringement must be dealt with "under the existing legal framework, in a scenario where choice and availability for the consumer, and rights and privacy for the citizen are all fully guaranteed."

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