Photo: Spain World Leader in CyberPiracy
45% of Spain’s Internet users use non authorized music distribution websites, making them the number one or numero uno area of cyber piracy.
A 30 page report released by the world’s record industry dedicates a whole chapter to the European nation, since it’s the country with the most internet users that log into non-authorized web-sites. Brazil is the second, with 44% of their users sharing media illegally, whereas the European mean is at a 23%.
A direct consequence of having close to half of Spain acquire their music illegally, the country’s record sales have plummeted from 26,000 records sold every week in 2004, to a mere 6.000 in 2010, and that statistic is getting worse.
Up and coming musicians are the most affected by this, since record labels feel that investing in established bands proves far more profitable. Despite the tough times for the plastic record industry, digital sales have sky rocketed, representing today almost 30% of music sales, when in 2004, digital sales were at a 2%.
CyberPiracy remains a tough problem to tackle, and for every illegal distribution site that is closed, six others appear. It is expected that CyberPiracy will soon become a terrible headache for film and tv distribution sites, as downloading 12 hours worth of Star Wars films and the entire season 3 of the X-Files is quicker these days than going to the mall to purchase them.