NDTV Reviews A Phone with Pirated Music on It | Will Music Piracy in India Ever Stop

The other day, I got a call from a friend of mine who asked me to recommend her few songs as she got bored of her current playlist. I gave her few options and she quickly went online and opened Songs.pk website to download the songs. When I jokingly told her that she is downloading pirated music, she was shocked that she is actually doing music piracy.

I gave her few options and she quickly went online and opened Songs.pk website to download the songs. When I jokingly told her that she is downloading pirated music, she was shocked that she is actually doing music piracy.

It’s not only my friend, but many people around me or you are doing the same thing. I even spotted a pirated music downloaded on a phone on a popular TV show on a very respective channel.

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Times of India did a story on music piracy if singers care about music piracy or not.

Raghu Dixit Says:

“I have no issues with fans downloading and sharing our music, as long as they then go buy it if they like it. I have encouraged fans during our concerts to download and listen to our music and then go spend on it. I don’t think piracy will stop by curbing the source of the music download. Instead, we should aim to increase availability and make buying music a lucrative and easy option for fans. Then I don’t see any reason for fans not to buy.”

If we are to believe that article, singers are not worried about it much as they care more about their fans than money, and they can recover the money by doing live concerts.

Few singers have already started putting their music on the internet for Free download because they have created a different revenue model. Free download on the internet doesn’t affect them.

It’s the record labels who are affected by it. People download music on the internet for Free, but they never understand that how can that music be available for Free if a lot of money has been spent on it and selling music is the way Record labels make money.

You might have heard about the recent cyber-attacks on the govt. websites. They were in the protest many ISPs blocking websites to prevent piracy after a High Court order. Big companies are able to bring those websites down by blocking them, but they are still not coming up with a better model to make the digital music available online.

Big companies are able to bring those websites down by blocking them, but they are still not coming up with a better model to make the digital music available online.

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If you type ‘Bollywood Songs’ in Google, you will find the results coming from a website that offers pirated music. Google is known for bringing the most relevant search results to users, and if the results are coming from pirated websites, then sure there is no better option available for people to download the music.

Most people would like to buy music buy only if it is easier than downloading music for free. Recently launched Flyte (Update: The service has been shut down by Flipkart) from popular online shopping site Flipkart is the only option people have to buy digital music in India.

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