Thursday, October 9, 2008

Anti-piracy tune rules at three-day music industry meet
Popkomm, an annual festival in Berlin, allowed the music industry to convey their frustrations and anger to the public about illegal copying. Robin Gibb, from the Bee Gees, was one of the artists who were upset about illegal copying. Gibb is now suing the European Commission; he criticized the European Union for making unfair rules on the music industry’s operations. The music industry accused the pirates who caused this spiral downfall of digital music. The revenues from the music industry have dropped close to 40% from illegal copying. However, Ali Riza Binboga of Turkey, which is the partner country for the annual Popkomm, believes that even though the revenues have dropped, the government has come up with new solutions to protect copyright laws. Binboga from the agency MESAM thinks that even though there has been a deficit in revenues from the music industry, at least copyright laws are reassured. During the three-day festival, nearly 400 acts will perform in different Berlin clubs both big and small names. The festival has pulled in several “recording companies, music publishers, online distributors, and technology companies.”

1 comment:

William said...

40% is a pretty big sum to lose. Everytime I hear a story like this though I think of the Courtney Love Math article. She states numerous times that recording companies shouldnt even exist. They are merely the middle man between the artist and the fan, and dont deserve all the money they get. Which basically bankrupts the artist. Those recording companies are just complaining in this article.