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Archived updates for Sunday, July 25, 2004

IFPI: Domestic Music Piracy Levels

Domestic music piracy levels in 2003, from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) annual global piracy report:

less than 10%:  Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA

10 - 24%:  Bahrain, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, UAE, Zimbabwe

25 - 50%:  Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand

greater than 50%:  Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela

According to the report, rising global overcapacity for the manufacture of discs is a key factor behind the spread of disc piracy.  In the countries shown in red above, estimated capacity (in thousands of units)  outstrips local legitimate demand by no less than nine times and, in some cases, by more than 30 times.

Country             Capacity     Demand    %Demand

TAIWAN                 7,900             270                 2926 CHINA                    4,900             1,100               445
HONG KONG        2,500             140                  1786
INDIA                     1,900              400                  475
MALAYSIA            1,860              60                     3100
SINGAPORE         620                 60                    1033 BRAZIL                   630                 140                   450
THAILAND            570                 27                     2111
POLAND                 500                 150                   333
RUSSIA                   370                 30                     1233

TOTAL         217,500         23,770                   915

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