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Deletion can be for a variety of reasons, but usually reflects a decline in sales so that distributing the record is no longer profitable. Singles are routinely deleted after a period of weeks, but an album by a major artist may remain in the catalog indefinitely.Deletion in the music industry differs from print publishing in that recording contracts generally do not return the rights to the artist when a title ceases to be manufactured.
You seem to make a lot of claims regarding what the copyright zealots do and dont care about Pri how have you reached your conclusions ?
Did you ask your "friend" just why they still invoice the artists for distribution costs at the same rate as physical media for digital downloads ?Or perhaps why studio time rates are discounted for the cartel but invoiced to the artist at top rates under dodgy deals ?
I asked my friend who is high up with a major label in London. The studio he works for do find Piracy a big issue but they are focused on some very specific types of piracy. Albums/Singles being pirated before the street date
There are lots of ways to sample music without downloading it illegally. I listed quite a few above but just to go over some again. TV Shows, Movies, TV Advertisements, MTV / VH1 and the other 15 dedicated music channels on TV. Myspace, youtube, last.fm etc
And I just want to point out that there are no pirate sites that let you sample artists before you download
I really do not know anyone who when someone says 'Check xyz out' they go to a torrent site. They always go to Youtube first
Latest Lady Gaga song over 90 Million views
Her album hasn't even been pirated that much from what I can see just on a few Pirate sites which list download numbers