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BPI Plays Down IFPI Claims
June 9, 2004
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The BPI are playing down Tuesday’s statement made by the IFPI that lawsuits in the UK are inevitable.

“We are prepared to go down the legal route if needed – and we will,” Matt Phillips, BPI spokesman, told Slyck News.

So far, the BPI has stood on neutral ground when asked about lawsuits against individuals downloading music. According to previous statements made to the press, the BPI want to continue to monitor file sharing activity and the influence of their continuing education campaign. Lawsuits have always been a backup plan. Despite the announcements made by the IFPI, Phillips assured Slyck that, “nothing has changed.”

Regardless of a clear disagreement with the IFPI, the BPI is supportive of the announcement they made. The BPI is not concerned that such a brash statement will be damaging to their careful reputation. Instead, they are supportive of the IFPI for speaking on behalf of copyright holders, and for raising awareness of the potential legal consequences of using P2P.

The BPI refused to provide a timeline for monitoring file sharing activity, or exactly what they are looking for.

The BPI is not going to base a decision to start lawsuits on the sales figures from online stores, as these are described as “misleading.” Upon being asked if that meant the BPI were more concerned that people were stealing music than of damage to sales figures, Phillips replied that it is “a combination of both.” He then went on to argue that the question is hypothetical, given research by the BPI showing a strong link between individuals file sharing activity and the amount they purchase music.

The BPI will therefore be monitoring the levels of P2P activity as a base for the necessity to sue. The industry has continued to argue that file sharers no longer have any excuses. This suggests that the BPI is looking for a dramatic fall in the usage of file sharing networks.

UK file sharers therefore do not know if or when there will be lawsuits in the UK. What they do know for sure is that they cannot relax. The BPI is saying clearly that file sharing is against the law and that they will take legal action if it becomes necessary.

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