file sharing

David Gelles

Film, television and music companies are all losing the fight against the illicit use of their products as consumers tap into new means of access. On the FT’s Analysis page, Salamander Davoudi and Tim Bradshaw consider the controversial issue of file-sharing.

Ten years after the launch of Napster, the first online file-sharing service, the music industry is no closer to solving the problems created by digital piracy. As advances in technology make television, film and video games companies more vulnerable to piracy, that decade-long failure to change consumer behaviour threatens to undermine business models across the media industry.