by Victoria Aitken
If you think of pirates as boat raiders off the coast of Somalia, or Johnny Depp starring in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” think again. A different kind of pirate is killing British jobs, closing shops on High Street, and destroying the livelihoods of our musicians. This crime is called Internet piracy and our government’s ministers are as soft as wet marshmallows when it comes to lifting a Whitehall finger to do anything to stop it.
In May 2013, I was at the Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS) and learned that dance music sales have been going up 50 percent every year since 2007. Much of the rise in music sales is due to ad-funded services such as Spotify; yet Geoff Taylor, chairman of BPI, a British music trade association, warns: “The size of the market continues to be constrained by competition from illegal downloads.”