IPFI has just released IFPI DIGITAL MUSIC REPORT 2011 and Brazil ranks second place in number of active internet users visiting unlicensed services with 44%, just behind Spain with 45%.
Unfortunately this is a podium where Brazil should be ashamed to step.
The report contains interesting facts such as a Swedish study showing that digital music sales would be 131% higher in the absence of piracy.
Further, the report mentions the huge loss of job positions due to piracy which could amount to 1.2 million jobs in the EU by 2015.
On the bright side, Brazil has a fair amount of digital music services offering legitimate access to music, more specifically 25 different ones.
This is clearly the result of the efforts of the music industry to innovate and offer legitimate options for the music fans.
However, it is very difficult to compete with free music and that is why any revision of the copyright law in Brazil should aim at supporting the legitimate use of music and the legal exploitation of the digital opportunities by content creators and owners and not just a weakening of the law to enable the free distribution of music.
Rodrigo Borges Carneiro