Some 95 percent of all digital music downloads continue to be pirated, according to estimates released today by music industry trade group IFPI. Those numbers don’t translate well for online video, especially as streaming sites like Hulu start to see significant traction, but a quick look at the stats of sites like the Pirate Bay show that unlicensed video downloads are hugely popular as well. So how does the entertainment industry react to these trends? Apparently by curtailing anti-piracy measures.

Sure, trade groups like the IFPI and Hollywood’s MPAA continue to beat the anti-piracy drum. But take a closer look, and you’ll notice that the industry is starting to backtrack on many fronts of the war against piracy. It’s not that they wouldn’t like to continue to pursue pirates, spam P2P networks with fake files and press for copyright filters. It’s just that those things never actually worked that well, and are starting to look like luxury in tough economic times like these. Continue reading on

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