Music piracy declined in US in 2012, survey finds

Feb 27, 2013
Illegal music downloading by American consumers fell last year, continuing a trend from 2005, a survey showed.

Illegal music downloading by American consumers fell last year, continuing a trend from 2005, a survey showed.

The survey from NPD Group found that the number of consumers using peer-to-peer services to download music declined 17 percent in 2012.

When file sharing peaked in 2005, one in five Internet users aged 13 and older, or 33 million people, used peer-to-peer services to download music, but fell to 21 million last year.

The volume of illegally downloaded declined 26 percent, the survey found.

According to NPD, 40 percent of US consumers who had illegally downloaded music in 2011 reported that they had stopped or downloaded less music from these networks.

The biggest reason for this reduced sharing activity was an increased use of free, legal music streaming services, NPD said.

"For the music industry, which has been battling for over a decade, last year was a year of progress," said Russ Crupnick, at NPD.

"Among other factors, the increased use of legal and licensed streaming services has proven to be an alternative for music fans who formerly used to obtain music."

NPD said another factor in the decline in illegal music downloading was the demise of LimeWire, shut down by a US federal court in 2010 following a lawsuit filed by the music industry.

The survey was released as US Internet providers prepare to implement a new "copyright alert" system to curb piracy of music, film and other content.

The program, created with the music and film industry and the largest , with some prodding by the US government, will include notices to consumers suspected of illegal downloads.

The Center for Copyright Information, which is coordinating the effort, said the Internet firms are starting to roll out the system this week.

Each Internet firm is devising its own policy, but in some cases consumers may see their Web access throttled or be required to visit information pages on copyright violations.

Explore further: IBM disputes report that big layoffs coming

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Digital music sales 'to nearly equal CDs next year'

Aug 18, 2009

Compact discs accounted for 65 percent of US music sales in the first half of 2009 but digital downloads are expected to nearly equal CD sales by the end of next year, market research firm NPD Group said Tuesday.

Swedish music sales 'boosted by Spotify'

Jan 18, 2013

Music sales in Sweden rose last year thanks to the growing popularity of music streaming service Spotify, the country's music industry body said, offering hope to a sector battered by file-sharing.

Court won't reduce student's music download fine

May 21, 2012

(AP) -- The Supreme Court has refused to take up a Boston University student's constitutional challenge to a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them on the Internet.

Recommended for you

Microsoft profit dips as revenue rises (Update)

10 hours ago

Microsoft on Monday reported that its quarterly profit dipped but revenue increased in a sign that it is adapting to lifestyles centered on mobile devices and cloud services.

IBM "flatly denies" report of mass layoffs

15 hours ago

Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people.

NHL sends GoPro cameras onto the ice

Jan 23, 2015

Ice hockey fans will get a new perspective on the fast-moving game when National Hockey League players don GoPro cameras, starting with this weekend's all-star fixture.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.