Updated from previous version
It is my belief that the majority of consumers that download music free from P2P are
simply previewing music, as supported by a May 2007 survey commissioned by Industry Canada.
The results of the survey, which are accessible by clicking here,
cleary supports the assertion that the majority of music consumers in Canada purchased CDs and
paid music downloads, while less of 30% of the people surveyed used P2P services for free downloads - The majority
of which have purchased either CDs or downloads.
In order to have definate statements on losses, the music industry must determine the amount of P2P downloads
are actually resulting in a loss sale :
They failed to provide this infromation and substatiate their claims that downloads result in significant losses.
- How many downloads failed to result in an eventual sale in the other formats.
- How many downloads were of recordings they don't currenly sell or never sold in a digital format
- How many downloads are of material they own
I believe this would be the best time for Canadians consumers to voice their opinions and
concerns to Federal Heritage Minister Josée Verner, Minister of Industry Jim Prentice
and their local members of parliament. They should be made aware that a large
percentage of Canadian downloaders are consumers and any new legislation should reflect
Please send your polite, comments to :