Swedish Music Fans Start to Steer Clear of Pirates
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 25/01/2010 22:27
Martin Thornkvist, who runs a record label in Sweden, was looking online for the new album from the American band Vampire Weekend a few weeks ago. He turned first to Spotify, a free, legal digital music service; unable to find it there, he eventually bought it from Apple's iTunes music store.
"A half year ago, I would have gone directly to the Pirate Bay," he said, referring to the notorious, unlicensed file-sharing site whose founders were convicted of criminal copyright violations last year in a Swedish court. Though the Pirate Bay is still operating, Mr. Thornkvist said he hadn't even thought about downloading the album from the site.
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