In 2010, the UK government passed The Digital Economy Act which included many, perhaps draconian, measures to combat online music piracy, as many other nations did. Much was proclaimed about how these new laws would protect musicians and artists revenue and livelihoods. Informationisbeautiful visualized how much money an artist gets / how many copies he has to sell in order to get paid a minimum wage.

Bottom line is – the crucial question is wether illegal downloads will cannibalize CD sales or not, as downloads do not have a significant impact on the revenue for the artist at all.



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