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    The internet has brought about tremendous opportunities for music consumers. More people today are enjoying music than ever before, because of this. Unfortunately, many are doing it without the consent of the copyright owners. Copyright laws are applicable to music on the internet. If you download, upload or distribute any music file without the consent of the copyright owner, you are guilty of copyright infringement. Aside from the illegal nature of these activities, many do not realise that these actions will destroy the very music that they love.

    The local music talent has suffered enormously due to the rampant use of illegal downloading and streaming. Over the past decade the record industry has shrunk by nearly 80% of its original size from US50.7 million in Year 2004 to US10 million in Year 2013 (see table below). Unfortunately the drop in revenues has resulted in a ripple effect of squeezing investment in local talent, including recording studios, CD manufacturers, recording engineers, songwriters, etc. Singaporean artistes will lose the local platform they have today for their discovery and for their music to reach out to the rest of the world.

    Internet piracy is a problem in Singapore because of its advanced infrastructure and an IT-savvy public. Moreover what is worrying is that research reports indicate there is an increased degree of consumer acceptance of online piracy as a way of accessing content in Singapore.

    A recent study by international market researchers Sycamore Research found that although 66% of active pirates agreed that piracy was stealing, they still continued to do so. However there is hope. A majority of Singaporeans (55%) believe the internet requires more regulation to prevent individuals from downloading or streaming pirated content. Interestingly, those who most actively pirate digital content also support these measures. You can access the latest research findings on this issue by Sycamore Research here.

    Recorded Music Revenue (US$ Millions, Trade Value – Fixed Exchange Rate (2013)

    Physical Sales

    Year 2004 Year 2005 Year 2006 Year 2007 Year 2008 Year 2009 Year 2010 Year 2011 Year 2012 Year 2013
    50.7 43.9 33.7 29.7 23.2 18.8 15.8 12.9 8.0 4.5

    Digital Sales

    Year 2004 Year 2005 Year 2006 Year 2007 Year 2008 Year 2009 Year 2010 Year 2011 Year 2012 Year 2013
    - - 1.3 1.1 1.5 3.4 3.8 3.6 4.3 5.5

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