The Digital Music Index shows just how popular illegal downloading has become.

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This article titled “Illegal music filesharing is now mainstream” was written by Lanre Bakare, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 18th September 2012 13.48 UTC

If you’re like me and the vast majority of people in the UK, on Monday morning you discovered many people in your area risked legal action so that they could own Ed Sheeran’s music. That in itself is quite a discovery, but the first ever Digital Music Index also showed that there were 43,314,568 files shared in the UK, with the data being collected from people who used BitTorrent in the first six months of this year.

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