Illegal file sharing levels are still not declining despite a recent
crackdown by the government, according to new research from British recorded
music industry body the BPI.

The firm interviewed over 3,000 UK respondents aged 16-54 and 1,012 said they
were downloading or filesharing music on peer-to-peer networks or from other web

While levels of illegal file sharing remained pretty much the same throughout
2009, the BPI warned of an increase in the use of web-based or “non-P2P” methods
during the last six months. The biggest increases in use came from overseas
unlicensed MP3 pay sites (47 per cent), newsgroups (42 per cent, MP3 search
engines (28 per cent) and forum, blog and board links to cyberlockers (18 per

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