BPI archive

  • Digital music boom can't halt album slide
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    Digital music boom can't halt album slide

    By 2 January 2012

    The digital music landscape is shifting with the increasing popularity of streaming services such as Spotify but digital download purchases continue to grow. The digital music boom is highlighted by the 2011 figures which show that digital album purchases...

  • BT asked to block the The Pirate Bay
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    BT asked to block the The Pirate Bay

    By 4 November 2011

    When BT was ordered by a High Court Judge to block pirate website Newzbin 2 back in July we at Pocket-lint questioned whether this meant an end to the free web. That question will be answered over time, but what is clear is that the judgement has opened...

  • UK Gov backtracks on Digital Economy bill
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    UK Gov backtracks on Digital Economy bill

    By 13 January 2010

    Shenanigans are afoot in the House Of Lords, as Parliament scrutinizes Peter Mandelson's Digital Economy bill, which Peter Mandelson is desperately trying to push through before the general election looms. The government has backtracked on one set of...

  • BPI says one in three still downloading music illegally
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    BPI says one in three still downloading music illegally

    By 18 December 2009

    New legal services that offer consumers free access to songs - such as We7, Spotify and Last.fm - are not stopping people from illegally downloading music, says the British Phonographic Industry. A survey carried out for the industry body (that's aim...

  • Music download sales double, says BPI
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    Music download sales double, says BPI

    By 18 May 2009

    Turns out that alongside the sky-rocketing popularity of illegal download services also comes a doubling in the popularity of legal ones. The BPI has announced that 9.5% of the population bought music downloads in 2008, compared with 5.1% in 2007. The...

  • Isle of Man could get unlimited music downloads
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    Isle of Man could get unlimited music downloads

    By 21 January 2009

    The Isle of Man's 80,000 residents could get a blanket license for unlimited music downloads. The scheme, proposed at the Midem music market conference in Cannes, would see the island's residents paying a compulsory tax to internet service providers that...

  • MP3-compatible campaign and logo launches
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    MP3-compatible campaign and logo launches

    By 4 November 2008

    Seven of the UK's music download retailers have launched a campaign that identifies music in the MP3 format. Angled "to help consumers make the most of the growing availability of music in the universally compatible MP3 format", the campaign will get...

  • Microsoft publishes piracy report
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    Microsoft publishes piracy report

    By 15 July 2008

    Microsoft has carried out its very own research on illegal downloads and it seems 11-16-year-olds are amongst the most likely pirates in operation over the Internet today in Britain. According to the research, "this age group admitted they knew what piracy...

  • Warning letters go to 800 Virgin Broadband users
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    Warning letters go to 800 Virgin Broadband users

    By 3 July 2008

    It said it was going to crack down on illegal downloads, and Virgin Media has done exactly that sending out warning letters to 800 of its customers. The letters are part of a 10-week pilot programme run in conjunction with the British Phonographic Industry...

  • Virgin Media gets tough on downloads
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    Virgin Media gets tough on downloads

    By 6 June 2008

    Virgin Media suggested way back in March that it may adopt a "three strikes and you're out" policy towards internet subscribers who illegal download copyrighted material. Well the company is now taking action. From next week, for 10 weeks, customers who...

  • EU rejects calls to throw downloaders off the web
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    EU rejects calls to throw downloaders off the web

    By 11 April 2008

    Despite increasing pressure from organisations, including the British Phonographic Industry in the UK, EU officials have today rejected plans that would see internet users banned by the ISPs if they are caught illegally downloading copyrighted material....

  • BPI threatens Carphone Warehouse
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    BPI threatens Carphone Warehouse

    By 7 April 2008

    Carphone Warehouse has been threatened with an injunction by the BPI unless it agrees to controversial plans to "crack down" on customers who download music illegally. The Carphone Warehouse, with the TalkTalk branded broadband service had spoken out...

  • Virgin Media in talks with BPI over illegal downloaders
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    Virgin Media in talks with BPI over illegal downloaders

    By 31 March 2008

    Internet service provider Virgin Media could soon implement a "three strikes" system against illegal downloaders and filesharers in partnership with the record industry, reports The Register. The cable company is apparently in talks with the BPI to trial...

  • CD Wow! goes into receivership, offered for sale
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    CD Wow! goes into receivership, offered for sale

    By 2 August 2007

    MCV is reporting that online retailer CD Wow! famous for selling cut price CDs, DVDs and games has gone into receivership. Apparently the Hong Kong-based company is currently seeking "expressions of interest" for its assets and business. The parent company,...

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    BPI demands that two ISPs ban music file-sharing addresses

    By 10 July 2006

    The BPI is going after illegal file-sharers by putting pressure on internet service providers to ban accounts that are being used to swap copyrighted songs. The music industry's association wants Cable & Wireless and Tiscali to suspend 59 accounts that...

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    BPI to sue Russian website AllofMP3.com

    By 3 July 2006

    The BPI has received permission to sue the Russian downloading website Allofmp3.com in a British court. The recording industry body had declared intentions to take the site to court in an presentation about DRM to the House of Commons. Now the institute...

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    BPI to sue Allofmp3.com and calls for Apple to open iTunes

    By 7 June 2006

    The British record industry's trade association, the BPI, made a presentation outlining its future plans and vision, which include suing Allofmp3.com, to MPs yesterday. General counsel Roz Groome told the House of Commons Select Committee for Culture,...

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    Music Downloads reach 200millon worldwide

    By 19 January 2005

    Once the bain of the music industry, the tables have been turned as legal download sites announce a combined 200 million legal downloads across the globe. New figures published today show a ten-fold increase in downloads of legal music compared to figures...

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    Is the CD single dead?

    By 7 January 2005

    According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) sales of legal downloads actually eclipsed physical singles sales in the last week of 2004. The best week for download sales yet, with more than 312,000 sold compared to 282,000 physical singles sold...