A new European Commission report showed that 60% of nearly 27,000 European consumers surveyed early this year had either streamed or downloaded music in the past 12 months, but they are paying for music at relatively low rates. While nearly two in three people use the Internet in Europe to access music, but less than a third of those people (17%) paid. Growth in global recorded music revenue has been fairly flat in recent years mostly because of free, legal music, rather than piracy, one article in Billboard contends.
British authorities have launched one of the biggest-ever enforcement operations of its kind in a concerted effort to combat online piracy and the prevalence of counterfeit goods being sold on social media. While some investigations are ongoing, 4,300 Facebook listings and 20 Facebook profiles have been removed as a result of the eCrime team’s efforts, and more than 200 warning and cease and desist letters have been issued.