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RIAA Lawsuits Discouraging Downloaders

22 Sep, 2003 By: Holly J. Wagner

Recent lawsuits by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are discouraging music downloads, with 60 percent of consumers who have downloaded music in the past saying they will download less in the future, according to a new survey by analyst firm Music Forecasting.

In addition, 58 percent of consumers who have downloaded said they had downloaded less music this month than last month. Of the active 12-year-old to 54-year-old record consumers polled online, 92 percent said they were aware that the RIAA lawsuits had begun.

"Clearly, the RIAA action appears to have raised awareness that downloading music from Kazaa, Morpheus and similar sites is illegal, and this has had an immediate impact on consumer behavior," said Ron Gregory, president of Music Forecasting Inc.

Other findings indicate:

  • 40 percent of consumers who downloaded from the Internet did so to aid their music purchasing decisions;

  • 35 percent of consumers say they object to paying full price for a CD that may contain only one song they like and use the Internet as a way to get that one song;

  • only 13 percent said they could not afford to pay for music at the current prices.

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