castrox writes "As the 8th day kicked off in court in the Pirate Bay trial, a number of new details have been revealed. The day has been dedicated to try to prove the correctness of the estimations of the stated compensations (~3 million USD). IFPI claims that the decrease in sales from 2001 to 2008 have been 9 billion dollars or about 30 percent. The entire decrease is blamed on file sharing and file sharing sites such as The Pirate bay.
That piracy in some respect can contribute to more sales and act to promote music is forcefully dismissed by John Kennedy, chairman of IFPI, adding that such views are old and obsolete.
John Kennedy also revealed that IFPI works together with Google on a daily basis, to ensure that illegal distributions of recordings are reduced and kept in check. Upon describing how the friendship with Google came to be, John Kennedy said that IFPI approached Google and explaining that either Google was going to be a partner or an opponent and thereby avoiding any misunderstandings of IFPI:s stand on the issue.
The defense also asked John Kennedy if he's of the opinion that each and every illegal download corresponds to a lost sale, upon which he confidently said "Yes", elaborating that, of course, these are music fans we're talking about.
(There's also a Swedish source to this: http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/artikel_2516799.svd)"
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