Music Piracy Has Slowed Down Significantly Thanks To Easy Music Streaming
It’s 2018, and music streaming is in and piracy is out.
According to a new report, music piracy is experiencing a fallout as streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify become the new norm. It’s encouraging news for the music industry, which took a huge hit due to the influx of piracy back in the 2000s.
YouGov‘s Music Report found that in the UK, only 1 in 10 people admitted to using illegal downloads this year, down 18% from 2013. Among those surveyed by YouGov, 22% of those who get music illegitimately said they don’t expect to be doing so in five years. On top of that, 44% of respondents said they only download songs illegally when they can’t find them elsewhere.
The reasoning behind this change is simple — “It is now easier to stream music than to pirate it,” one participant said.
Per this discussion, YouGov surveyed 4,009 UK adults between March 6-13 of this year. It should be noted, results could be skewed out of fear of admitting to this shamed practice.
Piracy-tracking company MUSO came up with entirely different results. That report found 300 billion visits to piracy sites in 2017 alone, up 1.6%. MUSO also concluded music piracy rose 14.7% overall in the UK.
The battle is not over. Before, it was critical that the music industry shut down file sharing services like Napster (a company which has since morphed into its own music streaming service). Now, the attention of record labels has shifted to “stream ripping” services, where the current problem lies.
Future of Illegal Downloading
ICE Conducts Mass Raid Of Bay Area, Arrests 150 People
ICE, also known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, organized a mass raid the Bay Area. Officers were able to effectively arrest 150 immigrants who remained undocumented according to CBS San Francisco.
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The department seeks to engage in other incursions similar to this one, and capture many more immigrants living within and around San Francisco. ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan believes that these individuals are "public safety threats," adding how there are still another 864 undocumented immigrants within the Northern California region who still need to be seized by federal law enforcement. Homan was also particularly critical Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, who alerted colleagues the forthcoming raid.
Americans are outraged by these actions, as hundreds high school students from Texas recently took to the streets to protest the detention a former classmate due to similar efforts brought forth by ICE.
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Immigrants are routinely shafted by the American government, as it has recently been revealed that the Supreme Court declined to hear an important case for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which seeks to protect thousands young immigrants from deportation. The Supreme Court also ruled in favour detaining immigrants indefinitely without the chance bond hearings.
Man Running Meth Lab Out Of Atlantic City Hotel Sets Room On Fire
In news that seems too crazy to be true, police have detained a man who was running a methamphetamine lab in an Atlantic City casino hotel. After the room caught fire, four floors in the building had to be evacuated in order to avoid injury. The lab was only discovered by ficials once firefighters investigated the scene and what factors caused the incident.
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The fire, which took place at the Tropicana Casino & Resort, injured the mastermind behind the initiative, as well as a hotel employee who entered the room upon being notified the combustion.
Security footage from the hotel revealed two men and one woman escaping the room moments before hotel personnel and first responders showed up. WHYY reports that police have effectively charged 49 year-old Michael Pillar New Jersey with "maintaining a drug production facility, possession methamphetamine, and criminal mischief." The other two individuals who were spotted fleeing the scene were released with no charges laid against them.
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The fire took place on the 44th floor the hotel's west tower, and damage was contained in Pillar's room only. The lab was eventually taken apart by New Jersey State Police Hazardous Material Response Unit.