OK people, the meeting is this Thursday. Who is coming?
Speaker: Helen Saunders, Head of Online Anti-Piracy, BPI
Topic: The challenge of tackling online piracy
Venue: Burness LLP, 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Time: AGM and registration 5.30-6pm; Meeting 6pm
Those wishing to attend should register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I have thrown together a few questions that may be worth asking. Comments and further question suggestions would be most welcome in the hope that we can get our point across effectively.
I also have a few left over Project Postcard flyers. perhaps we could hand them out outside the building after the presentation?
Here are the questions.
(This question is only relevant if figures are given stating the cost of piracy.)
Regarding the cost of piracy stated, are you assuming that every illegal download is a lost sale?
Clearly for many illegal downloads some are "try before you buy", while others represent people who would not have purchased even if they had been unable to download illegally.
I suggest that the actual cost to the industry is far less than stated.
Music needs to be free. No one buys music unless they have at least heard something by the artist previously. At first this was through radio, but TV and youtube are now ways to hear music. Free access to music is what the industry has used in the past to turn people who are ignorant of an artist into paying fans. Should free downloads not be viewed as free advertising and the next step in making people aware of your work?
(This question is only relevant if the methods described appear to be overly intrusive.)
The methods you describe are extremely intrusive.
Last week your own Chief Executive Geoff Taylor was celebrating digital music sales exceeding the £1bn mark and stating "The strength of British music means there is fantastic potential for further growth."
This, plus having seen some of the footage of the lavsh party thrown at this year's Brit Awards you can't surely claim that the music industry is in trouble.
Do you honestly expect society to accept your invasive spying techniques for the sake of an already fat industry?
Last year we had a couple of speakers from Spotify here who claimed that piracy is not really hurting anyone. The bigger the artist, the more they are pirated. Small artists are not pirated as much. It is only the rich artists who see any significant impact from piracy and they are big enough to absorb it.
Their answer to piracy is to compete with it rather than litigate against it by providing a service that is more convenient than piracy at an acceptable price.
Would the BPI not better serve their members by looking into how to compete with illegal downloads rather than "Chasing pirates across the digital landscape"?