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Business News (more headlines) 06-11-2004

Music Piracy: IFPI Playing [dangerously] With P2P Figures...

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The beginning of this week curiously matches IFPI's new leitmotiv "music piracy files falls 27%". Probably the analyst who invented such statistics did not realize the amount of computing power and bandwidth it would take to verify such a statement in such a short timeframe... What this IFPI message should have been is something like this:

* IFPI sees much less files when people leave KaZaA (the platform IFPI harasses)

* There is less files available in summer than in winter (should be normal trend until Sep. 2004)

* More and more people are blocking access to the listing of their shared folders (because of lawsuits)

But whatever the explanations could be, the important and unanswered questions are the following:

1. How could 27% of hundreds of millions of files disappear in one shot while online sales are not even 0.1% of the daily swaps?

2. The worldwide number of P2P users declined of 3% in May 2004: does that mean they used to own 27% of the available files?

Source: ITIC

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