File Sharing Sets Another Record

By Jon Newton 1/11/06

Ongoing efforts by the Big Four Organized Music cartel to sue music lovers away from the p2p file sharing networks and towards corporate sites such as iTunes and Napster, which the Big Four supply and support, are working.

So say Warner Music (US), EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan, Germany) through their RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and similar international 'trade' units such as the IFPI, BPI, ARIA and CRIA.

And that's what the mainstream media are reporting.

Jon Newton

The numbers of people using the p2p networks in the US and around the world are indeed changing significantly.

But they're going up, not down.

In America in December, 2005, on average, 6,978,715 people were simultaneously logged onto the p2p networks at any given time, says p2p research firm BigChampagne, which produces statistics centering on the file sharing phenomenon.

In 2004, the number was 5,500,314 and in 2003, 3,239,298, says the firm, which compiled statistics for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Information Technology Outlook report for 2004.

Globally, in December, 2003, 5,602,384 people were logged onto the p2p nets at the same time at any point around the clock, in 2004 the number had swelled to 7,582,248 and in December, 2005, it was 9,554,298.

Stay tuned.

Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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