The time of this week’s IFPI digital music report 2012 put an appealing spin on its content. After enormous stress from technology businesses it seems US politicians backed over the Stop Online Piracy bill and set it on hold last Friday. Yesterday the head of “cyberlocker” site MegaUpload and three of his associates were imprisoned and their assets seized, leading to “Anonymous” targeting music organisations’ and Universal’s web sites.

This is not to be positive regarding the future while attempting to implore governments to do much more about piracy because of its threat to the music industry’s upcoming, but Rob Wells, Universal’s leader of global digital business, was prepared to have a go. He recognized the rapid pace where legal digital options to piracy have become in the past 3 years, with two US streaming services, one of these being Spotify, attaining more than a million subscribers in the past year and yet there’s been no drop in digital song buying.

Addititionally there is growing discontent from your songwriter community, which usually questions why the split between labels and collection societies just like PRS ought to be the same as it is for CDs or often even more tilted in the record labels favour when the label does not have to deal with production and returns with regards to digital files. The split can be anything from 20% right down to as little as 10% of the royalties “cake” visiting the writers, according to the music service, with the remainder going to the record labels/performers. If ever the labels would like to prevent the songwriters from withdrawing their songs that have to surely change.

Google was in for many serious criticism too, with IFPI mentioning that the $60m the corporation has said to spend on fighting piracy is a minute part of its $290bn revenue. Additionally they criticised Google for capping the quantity of infringement queries at 100,000 a day, with a cap of 10,000 with regards to take-down notifications.

Wells maintains that the proven fact that Google has released a music support implies that they can be convinced to do much more about piracy, though he still sees the possible lack of proper revenue from YouTube like a massive problem. Music fans might have realized that many of the official videos they find on YouTube have the Vevo logo. Vevo is owned by a few of the record labels and draws in a lot more ad revenue for labels than YouTube but is presently together with YouTube. When asked to verify or deny the newest rumours about Vevo considering leaving YouTube for Facebook, Wells smiled and said: “No comment ” even though I am in the board.”

Though a lot of ISPs have refused to get any voluntary measures, instead deciding to take each site-blocking case to the high court, Wells also thinks partnerships will play a pivotal roll to get ISPs on board. “The ISPs know precisely how much music goes by their pipes,” he said. “The moment one ISP breaks ranks and partners with the music business on a music service, and now we throw extras and artist exclusives at them, others will follow.”

Most importantly though global digital revenue grew by 8% in 2011, the amount of purchased downloads (combined singles and albums) increased by 17% quite simply, the average price per download decreased. It’s arguable if Amazon’s 99c sale of Lady Gaga’s latest album led to this. It was a loss of revenue maker for Amazon and they needed to pay the regular royalty rate to Universal. But there’s been increasing number of low price albums in the past year. Wells also verified that some of the rise in revenue was because of legal digital music sites being introduced in countries that earlier had none.

And think about the MegaUpload arrests? IFPI says legitimate cyberlockers {which do not|which don’t} peddle copyrighted material with an industrial level do not need to worry people who do ought to be wary. It’s too soon to tell what effect the MegaUpload shutdown may have on piracy, but there are several early numbers on the drop in web traffic here.

Concerning the back-down on Sopa, Frances Moore, leader of IFPI, said the US is still very much dedicated to fighting piracy, citing a tweet by senate majority leader Harry Reid: “Americans rightfully be prepared to be fairly compensated 4 their work. I’m positive that we can reach compromise on PROTECT IP in coming days.”