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The worldwide attempted crackdown on illegal file sharing continues in Europe

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the European equivalent of the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), has filed 2,000 lawsuits in 10 countries against alleged file sharers.  Users targeted reside all over Europe:  Finland, Portugal, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy are examples of nations that have alleged file sharers that are being targeted.  The IFPI claims that the people targeted are users that make large amounts of files available for others to download over the Internet.  Portugal has been one of the hardest hit countries in Europe -- the country reportedly had a 40 percent decrease in the number of CD sales over the past several years.  The BBC reports:

"Clunky software, difficulty in finding tracks and over zealous protection limiting where customers can play music they've bought are continuing to fuel file-sharing," said Greig Harper, founder of XTN Data.

The British Phonographic Institute (BPI) also claims that file sharing has cost the British music industry £1.1 billion -- even though legal file sharing programs have started to become popular in the UK.




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By rushnrockt on 4/5/2006 5:20:45 AM , Rating: 2
Just recently Forbes wrote an article that showed that companies where CEOs take blame for company's problems, the company does better in the long run than when the CEO blames everyone else. By that logic, no wonder that music industry is not doing as well as it should be, they have not admitted a single mistake on their part.


By masher2 on 4/5/2006 8:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
> "that showed that companies where CEOs take blame for company's problems, the company does better in the long run.. "

From that its easy to draw the conclusion that taking blame for all problems benefits a company. That conclusion, however, is wrong.

In statistical terms, the fallacy is stated as "correlation does not imply causality".


> "no wonder that music industry is not doing as well as it should be, they have not admitted a single mistake on their part..."

Ignorant statements like this are always amusing. Read the annual statements of any company in the industry; they acknowledge errors and missteps continually.



By blwest on 4/5/2006 9:18:22 AM , Rating: 1
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Ignorant statements like this are always amusing. Read the annual statements of any company in the industry; they acknowledge errors and missteps continually.


No such thing as ignorent statements, just ignorant people like yourself.


By masher2 on 4/5/2006 9:32:48 AM , Rating: 2
> "No such thing as ignorent [sic] statements..."

I got a nice chuckle out of this one.


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