Copycats costing millions

One in three CDs sold worldwide last year was fake, according to a report released today by the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

The study Commercial Music Piracy 2003 states that global piracy rose by a whopping 14 percent last year, making the illegal piracy market of greater financial value than the legitimate one in every country except the USA and Japan.

The IFPI seized 50 million pirate CDs last year, a four-fold increase on 2001 which it says still only represents about one in 20 of all pirate discs sold worldwide.

For the first time, the IFPI has singled-out 10 priority countries where anti-piracy measures need to be stepped up. These are: Brazil, China, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the Ukraine. The worst offender in that list is China where the piracy market, worth over $530m (£325m) a year, accounts for 90 percent of all recordings.

"This report should be a wakeup call to governments on the massive damage that music piracy is causing to their economies, their cultures and their international reputations. Some of the world's most exciting potential music markets are fighting for survival because of government inertia in response to rising levels of piracy," said Tim Bowen, chairman of music publisher BMG.

The IFPI has requested that governments adopt a three-pronged approach to piracy: better laws and enforcement rules to protect music; effective optical disc regulations to deal with the massive over-production of CDs; and penalties and criminal prosecutions to deter commercial pirates.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Wendy Brewer

PC Advisor
Show Comments

Brand Post

PC World Evaluation Team Review - MSI GT75 TITAN

"I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it."

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?