webooks Launches Latest Online Book – “Working in the Music Industry”

In conjunction with the launch of it’s latest online publication, “Working in the Music Industry”, webooks.co.uk takes a look why people download music illegally, and the affect it has on the music industry.
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Oct. 7, 2008 - PRLog -- Today’s Long John Silvers and Captain Blackbeard’s no longer require the meanest reputation, biggest ships or the most fearsome of crews to commit piracy; today all pirates need is a broadband connection.

The stance taken by the UK government is that piracy is a crime that won’t be overlooked, yet with such serious consequences, and a potential 10 year prison sentence, how has piracy become one of the most common crimes committed in today’s digital age? And is it affecting music industry jobs?


With 43% of Britain admitting to committing piracy, illegal music downloads are at an all time high. It appears that the illegal downloading of music is seen as “ok” in the minds of most the population of Britain.

Understandably the anonymity of illegally downloading music from your own home appeals more than the use of a balaclava in a heist on HMV but this should not make it any more acceptable. Another possibility is that there it appears to be a victimless crime despite that not being the case.

What is being done?

Although the music industry has long pursued a policy of prosecuting ‘offenders’, to deal with the problem effectively a different approach needs to be taken.

Only recently has the music industry acknowledged the problem it faces, and it took an industry outsider, namely Steve Jobs, to explain where they were going wrong. To combat piracy you need to give people a realistic alternative.  The emergence of digital megastores, such as iTunes, offers the same availability, legally, but at a small price per song. This suggests a possible solution to piracy is quality content at a fair price.


Piracy it appears is a problem that very little can be done about and its effects are numerous. Piracy has caused the music industry to evolve into a much more dynamic market; the impact it has had is dramatic.

According to the RIAA 85% percent of recordings released don’t generate enough profits to cover their expenditure. With record companies depending heavily on the profitable 15% of recordings to support the less cost-effective types of music, to cover the costs of budding new artists, and to keep those in music industry jobs employed, the impact of pirates who don’t pay for music eats away at the revenue generated by the 15% of profitable artists. This not only results in the businesses suffering but the creative artists themselves also. Musicians, songwriters, singers and producers don’t get the royalties and fees they’ve earned.

At www.webooks.co.uk, users can read the full texts of over 150 books, at no charge or download the PDF or buy the hard copy of the book at our online store. Users can also sign up to the newsletter to receive alerts when new titles are added to the online library.

Notes to Editors

1. Webooks offers consumers free access to the full text content of a range of information-based non-fiction books across property, business, personal finance, education, lifestyle and travel sectors. Visitors can read all or part of any of our titles online, or download a PDF version for a small fee.

2. ‘We books’ is a joint venture between How to Books and On the Move Ltd.

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In partnership with How To Books Ltd, webooks publish free to read books online, including business, property, finance, education, lifestyle and travel.

We also house a diverse range of articles from our writers who write exclusively for Webooks.
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