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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Louise Mensch Louise Mensch Conservative, Corby

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimates he has made of the cost to the music industry of illegal music downloading.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

I have made no recent estimate of the cost to the music industry of illegal music downloading. However, the British phonographic industry estimate that the loss to the UK music industry from unlawful file-sharing is £180 million per annum (2008).

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