USA - Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018

USA - Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018

Report Description

Music has always been a part of everyone’s life. Regardless of the changes in the music industry people’s inclination towards music have always been growing. The recorded music has gone through some major evolution. The growth of information and technology has a huge impact on the global music industry. The digital revenues have over taken the physical formats of the music. Innovative technologies have widened up the horizons of music industry, which was earlier restricted to specific geographical boundaries.

USA-Music Piracy & Copyright Infringement Report, 2018 has analysed the legal frameworks that deals with copyright protection in USA. It has specifically mentioned and explained the rights and liabilities of the artists, record labels and broadcasters. Along with that the report also analyses the music market of the country with the help of various data sets.

Piracy has been a long-standing problem but recently as the usage of the internet is increasing this problem is growing like a epidemic causing harm to the genuine artists and music creators. The music industry now offers all forms of digital distribution, which gives its consumers an ever-expanding choice of music offerings. The way record labels worked earlier has changed now, and their main focus is on investing on the artists, creating a good value of music talent and bringing music to a global audience without any barriers. And they are able to do this by using the incredible potential of online services like streaming so as to better understand and engage with consumers.

But still even after putting so much efforts the music pirates are still finding ways to distribute free musical content online. Even the governments are trying their best to regulate this but their hard work is going in vain. One of the main reasons for this is that laws are not updated enough to tackle the online problems. New innovations in technology are happening so quickly that the government finds it difficult to keep up to that pace. That is why it necessary that there is cross industry collaboration.

The report has provided various recommendations that are a mix of all the aspects of music piracy. These recommendations are very useful if implemented properly and would definitely protect the copyrights of the artists. The newer technologies can also be used to track down the wrong doers and hold them liable for their illegal criminal activities.

The report is a holistic approach towards piracy in USA, and how various facets are involved and affected due to this illicit activity.

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. USA 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. Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
  5. USA - Analysis of Copyright laws - National Laws
  6. Legal Analysis
    1. The USA 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. USA Music Industry Revenue US$ Million-2016

Countries Analysed

United States

A Complete Analysis of USA's Music Market and its Impact on Global Music



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 Act, 1978
  2. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 1998
  3. Online Copyright Infringement Liability Act, 1998
International, National and Regional Laws


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