Brazil Cracks Down on Individuals Sharing Music on the Internet

The Brazilian Recording Companies Association (ABPD), which represents the main recording companies in Brazil, is following the US example and went to court this Tuesday, October 17, against 20 people they say have been illegally downloading  music from the Internet.

The ABPD in its first drive against individuals is targeting people who were making available between 3,000 and 5,000 songs in their personal computers.

According to the  association, music piracy in Brazil represents a yearly market of 115 million CDs. The Brazilian recording industry sells less than half of that amount:  55 million CDs a year.

Paulo Rosa, the ABPD director, says that the aim of the new effort is to educate children and their parents about the seriousness of getting music for free through digital piracy, which most people don’t consider a crime. The cases against those illegal downloaders have been filed in a civil court. 

Yesterday, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) also announced that it is starting a new batch of 8,000 lawsuits in 17 countries, including Brazil, Mexico and Poland, against alleged participants in illegal downloads of music. 

According to IFPI estimates, Brazilians alone have downloaded more than one billion songs from the Internet in 2005. The federation says that recording companies in Brazil, Latin America’s largest phonographic market, had their earnings cut in half since 2000 due to digital piracy. 

IFPI also believes that every year 20 billion songs are being downloaded all around the world from peer-to-peer file sharing services like Kazaa, Morpheus, LimeWire and E-mule.

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilian Senators Create Basic Rights Bloc

As part of the week of commemorations in Brazil through Friday in honor of ...

Brazilian Labor Minister Luiz Marinho

Brazil Creates a Quarter of a Million Jobs This Year

In February, 148,019 formal jobs were created in Brazil, according to a report published ...

British Say Sorry for Brazilian Killed by Police on Subway

An official report says Britain's senior counter-terrorism police officer deliberately misled his own commissioner ...

Brazil’s Sugarcane Industry Wants Import Tariff Cut Done Fast

The announcement by the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX) to postpone a decision ...

Pluto, expelled from the planet's club

Brazilian Government Pays to Bring Pluto Back to the Cool Planets Table

It has just been created, in Brasília, a new NGO, called Friends of Pluto ...

Two of or the World’s 40 Journalists Killed This Year Are from Brazil

2005 is turning out to be another deadly year for journalists. According to International ...

The Auditorium Wars

The success of TV hosts has created a new class of nouveaux riches in ...

Domestic News Brings Brazil Market Down

Brazil and Latin America moved lower on the session, as investors focused more on ...

Brazil Drafts Conservation Plan for Pantanal, a Mankind’s Patrimony

In December, 2005, Brazil’s Minister of Environment, Marina Silva, signed an act establishing the ...

Brazil and G-20 Pressure EU to End Farm Subsidies by 2013

After six days of tense negotiations and mounting pressure from developing nations and countries ...