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Media: Illegal downloading 'due to lack of choice'

By Honor Mahony, 20.4.2011, As the European Commission enters the final straits in its preparation of proposals on the collecting of royalties for artists and protecting intellectual property rights, two camps are preparing for battle: those that believe the entire system needs to be reworked to fit a digital age and those that say that the current system is not so much the problem as the lack of copyright enforcement.