REWIND: From The Aus­tralian, June 19, 2008

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Lifelines -

NEW mea­sures to com­bat il­le­gal down­load­ing are the best hope of res­cu­ing the Aus­tralian mu­sic in­dus­try from its cur­rent slump, says the Aus­tralian Mu­sic In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion. The as­so­ci­a­tion’s head, Stephen Peach, was re­act­ing to this week’s fig­ures from the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of the Phono­graphic In­dus­try, which showed the low­est global CD sales since 1985, with Aus­tralia among the coun­tries last year, which re­sulted in a 10 per cent de­cline in rev­enue from $512 mil­lion in 2006 to $462 mil­lion last year. ‘‘ This is part of a global trend,’’ Mr Peach said. ‘‘ It’s a mir­ror of what is hap­pen­ing around the world.’’

The IFPI fig­ures showed that world CD sales dropped from 2.09 bil­lion al­bums in 2006 to 1.86 bil­lion last year. In 1985, 1.8 bil­lion al­bums were sold, with the for­mat peak­ing at

by mak­ing in­ter­net ser­vice providers more re­spon­si­ble for stop­ping the traf­fick­ing of il­le­gal files was an Aus­tralian Record­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion pri­or­ity, as it was for a num­ber of equiv­a­lent in­dus­try bod­ies in other coun­tries.

Although piracy is still ram­pant world­wide, le­gal dig­i­tal down­load­ing was the big­gest area of growth in the local mar­ket last year, with

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