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Today click-and-download technology presents a greater threat to the music recording industry than all other past music-delivery technologies combined.

Music piracy exists in 3 different planes:

- Illegally mass-manufactured pirate music CDs

- Illegal copies of legitimately purchased music CDs

- Illegally downloaded digital copies of recorded music

A research study on the economic impact of music piracy by the Institute for Policy Innovation paints a grim picture. The impact of music piracy to the U.S. economy is estimated at U.S. $12.5 billion annually. It is estimated that 71,060 jobs are lost or at risk due to the economic impact of piracy and the lost growth opportunities account for 26,860 jobs that would have otherwise been created in the recording industry. Even the U.S. government is affected by piracy with an estimated loss of $422 million in tax revenues from lost personal and corporate income due to piracy.

Of course, these figures are based upon the assumption that sales of recorded music on CD would have held constant, or increased, from year to year. The truth is, however, that CD sales have declined as MP3 players and other digital technology make the need for music on physical media obsolete.

In addition to falling CD sales, America's independent record stores are closing at an alarming rate. One of the largest international chains of recorded music sellers, Tower Records, closed its doors forever on December 22, 2006.

When the average person thinks of music piracy, he or she usually thinks of unauthorized sharing of downloaded or recorded music between small groups of friends. And while those numbers do contribute to the music industry's losses, the biggest losses occur from the sale of pirated music that is burned onto CD-R disks by the thousands in small commercial laboratories by professional music pirates.
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