Broken records fighting back

Battered by five years of recession and almost 15 of downloading, the Irish music industry is launching a counter-offensive centred on legal challenges and website closures - but even this will only stem some of the tide, writes Philip Connolly.

8th December, 2013
An employee filling up the CD racks at Golden Discs on Grafton Street: the chain is now back on the high street. Picture: Feargal Ward

Crippled by online piracy and file-sharing, the music industry has been hit by a massive fall in sales as a growing proportion of its customers decided that, while they still wanted to listen to music, they weren't willing to pay for it.

The industry is now fighting back. The sector is planning a sustained campaign in 2014 as it seeks to banish the spectre of online music piracy in favour of legitimate digital options. The...

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