The effect and fight against data leaks
More than ever before the music industry has continue to witness the increase of piracy all over the world, with more than 40% of users gaining access to music that is not licensed, which is a more than 35% increase from last year statistics, based on findings from the global recorded music industry group known as The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
The use of major search engines like Google and Bing have made the act of piracy to be easier, even though VPN protect your data from people gaining unauthorized access, there is this report from (IFPI) which revealed that the increase in piracy witness a decline in previous years when policing of the digital music landscape where seen clamping down on this particular practice.
“Copyright infringement is still on the evolving and developing stage”, with stream ripping becoming the most used method,” according to Frances Moore. who is an IPPI chief “with the amount of licensed music at fans disposal, these kinds of malicious websites shouldn’t have any justifiable position in the world of music,” giving her opinion, why insisting for tougher regulation to handle the music industry.
According to a survey which focused on consumers from 13 different countries, the report shows that the majority of unlicensed music fans were making use of “stream ripping” in order to gain access to pirated content. 35% of the total numbers of internet users were making use of stream ripping; there is a 5% increase because last year was 30%.
Stream ripping website gives users the privilege to a file that is being played via streaming platforms, like YouTube or Spotify, into a file that could be downloaded permanently for offline use.
The percentage of stream rippers increased to 53% with an age range of 16 – 24 years, while just only 18% age range of 55 – 64 years took part in stream ripping.
The report discovered that search engines “plays a major role in regards to copyright infringements”, it shows that 54% of users downloading unlicensed songs used Google to search for it.
YouTube-Mp3.org, one of the world’s most visited stream ripping sites which help millions of users from across the world to convert YouTube videos to audio files is no longer functioning, the site was taken down following a legal campaign from IFPI.
The music sector which has witnessed a turnover in profit after many years of decline has woke up to enhance its campaign to fighting against piracy, the year 2015, was a success as they were able to bring down a popular website known as Grooveshark over piracy allegations.
IFPI also explained that upload platform YouTube amount for 46% to entire time use in listening to on-demand songs, but was quick to state that the dominance has been reducing and is a good development at as it will give a fair level playing ground for everyone in the music industry.
It further explained that the estimated yearly revenue for the industry per single user from Spotify was around $20 (United States currency), compared with YouTube that is not up to $1 (United States currency) for a single user.
The report did also shows the continual increase in audio streaming. It discovered that 45% of respondents have started listening to songs via audio streaming websites that where licensed, an increase from 37% in the previous year.
It finally shows that 90% of users that are paid streamers were playing songs through smartphones. With among age range of 13 – 15 years, 85% making use of streaming services, that was the reports from the survey.
Tips of protecting your music Against Digital Piracy
• Staying Updated on legislation activities
Though sometimes it might seem difficult to follow up with legislation since it’s out there and you as a producer of your own music should try to always stay updated about it, Surfing the internet via helpful websites, like IFPI (The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry)
, RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), not forgetting CDT (Center for Democracy and Technology) could assist deciphers many of your contents.
• Ensuring you are using a recording studio that is safe
In order to achieve success as an artist you must always make sure the recording studio is safe, doesn’t matter if you are signed or not because that is not going to dictate how to save your music is, do not be scared to find out the kind of measures put in place by the studio manager in terms of protection. You might feel reluctant to do this, but understand that having an enabled internet connection in the studio during the process of recording could put your work at great danger, therefore always insist on no internet connection whenever you are doing studio recording.
• Ensure your hard drive is protected and not prone to hackers
For now, the only way you can be sure of safety is to have absolute control of your recording, therefore ensure to be with your hard drive and the moment you are through in the booth, carry it along. “Music studio could be more secure to an airport, but don’t rely fully on tech security, according to Gregory Evans, who happens to be a former hacker but has changed, is now the owner of LIGATT Security International.
• Using Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Whether you are an artist or not a far as your desktop, laptop or smartphone is connected to the internet just have it in mind that you are prone to attack, one way to protect yourself against your work from being stolen from your computer or smartphone by hackers, is through the use of VPN, it will block intruders and hackers from gaining access to your data and files, giving you maximum protection against any threat.