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Billions of dollars in revenue estimated to be lost

The U.S. has the lowest piracy rate in the world, but globally nearly $50.1 billion dollars has been lost to piracy.  As  illegal downloads become a growing problem worldwide,  individual countries may determine that they do not share the same issues and concerns.  

In the U.S. producers of the movie, "The Hurt Locker” are tackling the issue of piracy by suing filesharers who downloaded torrent versions of the movie. India is taking steps to fight the U.S. ACTA Piracy pact on what they believe to be stringent restrictions, while Spain is finding that it has to get tougher in its efforts to combat piracy.

A new report published June 1 from IDC Research Iberia claims that over 95 percent of music in Spain is pirated. The report indicates that the country lost $6.3 billion in the second half of 2009.  It is estimated that the country lost about $12 billion dollars for the entire year.

The study was commissioned by the Coalition of Creators and Content Industries and targeted music, film, video game, and book distribution. The final results indicated that 95.6 percent of music obtained online in the country was pirated. Pirated films were estimated at 83.7 percent while video games came in at 52.3 percent.

Nearly 6,000 internet users in Spain were surveyed for the study.

"The real figures are even worse," says Coalition president Aldo Olcese, who believes that internet users under the age of 16, presumed to be the most frequent illegal downloaders, were not included in the study.

Anti-piracy legislation, called the Sustainable Economy Law, is expected to be rolled out after the summer in Spain.

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RE: um what?
By quiksilvr on 6/3/2010 3:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
In the business world, a missed sale is a loss. But I agree, the reason why people download illegally is so that they DON'T have to pay. So if they had to pay any money, I am sure they most likely just wouldn't get it and try to find it on YouTube.

RE: um what?
By bobcpg on 6/3/2010 4:10:35 PM , Rating: 2
the reason why people download illegally is so that they DON'T have to pay

Not completely true. Other reasons why people download illegally, could be bigger or smaller reason vs the one you point out.

1. Easier to share between all your apps/equipment
2. Easier access to get it. Simply firing up Limewire and downloading is way easier than sharing all your information with some internet company.
3. Spite, because they are suing everyone or they feel that they were ripped off somewhere before.
4. DRM, which somewhat goes with 1 and 2

RE: um what?
By RW on 6/3/2010 5:44:02 PM , Rating: 3
Loosing sales to internet piracy ? what they are talking about ???

Worldwide internet adoption, broadband speeds and filesharing programs were almost non-existent 10 years ago, so what was the income of music and film industry before year 2000 should be the income they will have if internet piracy would not even exist.
But you will be amazed to notice that the income they get these days is bigger than the income they did get before year 2000, just because piracy increase sales rather than decreasing them just because:
- The less people will see copyrighted content on the web the less they will be interested into it, the less the copyrighted content will gain market adoption, the less actors, musicians and studios will gain fame and money.

RE: um what?
By kmmatney on 6/4/2010 7:35:09 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe a few companies (the huge ones) are making more, but overall, sales are way down. The top music albums are not selling anywhere near what they used to, and there aren't any record stores left in the U.S.

As an example, in 1999 the BackStreet boys sold 13,000,000 albums in the U.S., and there were several albums that sold well into the millions (Ricky Martin, N'Sync, Brittney, etc...). Blink-182 had something like 6M albums sales in the U.S. that year, and they were #45 on the U.S. sales chart!

In 2009, the top selling Album was Taylor Swift with 6,000,000 copies in the U.S. (including digital downloads), and that was about it.

So there is a pretty huge difference between album sales from 1999 to 2009. Anyway you look at it, they are selling about half the number of albums that they used to. And you can't really blame it on crappy music being released these days - it was just as crappy back in 1999 (BackStreet Boys, N Sync, Brittney, Ricky Martin, etc...)

I do think that the music industry got too greedy, and started charging way too much, giving people more incentive to pirate.

RE: um what?
By jimbojimbo on 6/7/2010 5:38:27 PM , Rating: 1
don't forget
6. Is sick and tired of paying for something only to find that it sucks ass but cannot get their money back. The downloader will buy it if after watching it deems it worthy of earning their hard earned money.

Gone are the days when recording companies made a killing by putting in 2 good songs into an entire album of shit. Thank goodness.

RE: um what?
By OCNewbie on 6/3/2010 7:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
Someone I know very well has actually made purchases that otherwise would probably not have been made because an illegally available copy of a game was available online. Having a full version of a game available allows one to try it out in full and determine if it's truly worth their money.

With so many games out there, and demos not always being available or not accurately representing the game as a whole, downloading a game illegally can often expose one to a title they wouldn't have otherwise taken the time to check out, and thus potentially make a purchase they had never intended on making.

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