According to a 2006 study from the Idate, 59 % of internet users have downloaded music at least once, including 97 % illegally. Among those, more than half used peer-to-peer softwares in the last 3 months! Legal answers to this issue seem as inefficient, considering that even though an increase in legal complaints has occurred, most fines don’t exceed 2 000 €. This fine amounts to less than 1 € per track, which is the price of a legally downloaded song. Consequently, legal sanctions just don’t seem dissuasive enough, according to the CSCMI.
Let us hope that as Apple and EMI have finally understood, the remaining actors of the music industry will understand that the answer to this long-lasting sales decline is not sanctions to the end customers, but for legal music platforms to drop DRM, once and for all!