UK - Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018

UK - Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018

Report Description

The growth in information and technology has offered various methods to unlawfully exploit copyrighted content such as music in the digital environment to minimise detection and to generate a huge amount of commercial profit. These illegal activities are hampering the music industry’s revenue generation and the artists are not getting their due royalties.

UK-Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018 has analysed the various facets of digital music piracy. It evaluates the legal frameworks in UK and specifies the rights and liabilities of the record companies, artists and broadcasters. Along with that the report has done a market research on the UK music industry has mentioned various platforms through which they generate revenues.

The technological advancements and easy accessibility of the internet is actually adversely impacting the music industry. Free pirated music is available easily in this time and age, and this is the reason people are not willing to spend much on buying music. This mentality has grown after the advent of the internet.

The new streaming websites also are emerging which is a welcoming step for the music industry, but not enough to actually earn a lot of revenue and stop the illegal activities. It is very important that the laws are also updated as and when the new technologies emerge. Working in isolation is of no use in this well integrated environment.

The report has specified various legal frameworks that deals with copyright infringement and the legal recluse he artists have in case their musical content is distributed without their consent and knowledge. The growing usage of the internet is making it difficult for the authorities to actually hold anyone liable for these activities.

The report has discussed about the secondary liabilities involved while dealing with online pirated content. The importance of securing the musical work is necessary and understanding legalities associated with music piracy is valuable for artists and record labels.

The report has done an in-depth analysis of the issue and has come up with various social, legal, economical and technological recommendations. These recommendations are well implementable and helpful for securing the copyright and holding liable the wrong doers. The report has shown the current state of music piracy in UK and how the evolution in technologies have hindered the growth and money generation in the music industry.


Music Industry has lost up to $32 BN in 2017.

Table of


Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Scope and Approach
    1. Internet – Downloads, Streams & Pirates
    2. Definitions & Terminologies
  3. United Kingdom Music Piracy Perception Index
  4. Analysis of Copyright laws - International Law/Treaties/Agreements
    1. WIPO Internet Treaties
    2. WIPO Copyright Treaty
    3. WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
    4. EU Copyright Directive
    5. Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
  5. United Kingdom - Analysis of Copyright laws - National Laws
  6. Legal Analysis
    1. The United Kingdom Copyright Act, 1968
    2. Copyright Regulations, 1969
  7. Issues addressed
    1. Piracy
    2. Artist Rights
    3. Record Label Rights
    4. Broadcaster Rights
  8. Strategic Recommendations
    1. Recommendation 1
    2. Recommendation 2
    3. Recommendation 3
    4. Recommendation 4
    5. Recommendation 5

List of


List of Graphs

  1. Subscription and Ad-Supported Revenues Versus -2016
  2. Annual global recorded music revenue in billions of dollars (2007-2017)
  3. Growth in Internet Users in Billions (2007-2017)
  4. Fixed Broadband Penetration in Developed and Developing nations (2011-2017)
  5. Mobile Broadband Penetration in Developed and Developing nations (2010-2017)
  6. Internet Users, Smartphone Users and Adoption Rate(Smartphone) (2011-2017)
  7. Mobile Data traffic share by content category-2017
  8. Growth in Streaming (2011-2017)
  9. Global Recorded Music Industry Revenues in USD Billions- (2005-2017)
  10. Top 30 Money Makers of Music Industry
  11. Billion Gigabytes of file Shared per month-(2008-2017)
  12. Global Digital Revenue (US $ Billion)-2007-2017
  13. Worldwide paid Subscribers of Internet Radio Services (in Million)-2017
  14. Google URL takedown requests up to 2017
  15. Loss in Revenue due to Music Piracy in EU (Euro Million)-2017
  16. UK Music Industry Revenue US$ Million-2016

Country Analysed

United Kingdom

A Complete Analysis of UK Music Industry



International, National and Regional Laws

International Laws-

  1. WIPO Internet Treaties 
    1. WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996
    2. WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, 1996
  2. EU Copyright Directive, 2001
  3. Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), 2012
  4. John Doe Orders


  1. Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act, 1988
International, National and Regional Laws


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