Illegal File-sharers spend more on music

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share.jpgThough at the heart of a furore over the future of digital-music publishing, a new report suggests that those who share music files illegally over the net in fact spend more on music than law-abiding music fans.

File-sharers are said to spend £77 a year on music compared to £44 spent by those who do not use P2P download sites.

Analyst Mark Mulligan of Forrester Research says: “The people who file-share are the ones who are interested in music. They use file-sharing as a discovery mechanism.”

The figures suggest that file-sharers “try-before-they-buy”, and are happy to support bands and artists whose downloaded music they enjoy.

These figures will not be music to the ears of Lord Mandelson, who is looking to introduce a “three-strikes-and-out” policy for those caught “destroying the music industry” by distributing files illegally.

Gerald Lynch

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