The music industry's piracy riddle

New Zealand's copyright tribunal's move to fine a woman around $NZ600 for file-sharing two songs has brought the piracy debate back into the spotlight. 

Piracy has long plagued the online music scene, but questions remain as to what factors are fuelling it. 

One of the more common arguments these days is that the music industry's business model is broken. There's no competition and the likes of Apple, Amazon (and now Google) can charge whatever they want for a tune.

This point will be tried over the next couple of years, as more music services launch and competition in the sector is increased. At the same time, we're seeing more governments move to aggressively pursue copyright infringements.

While there's movement in the space, it's too soon to say whether these factors will drive down illegal downloads. 

Today's infographic created by Oddee and sourced from Deviant Art looks into piracy in the digital music scene. 

What are your thoughts on music piracy and its causes? Let us know in the comments below. 

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