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Sat 6 June 2009, The Guardian

There is a hidden - and high - cost to illegal downloading

So Richard Wilkinson ( Letters, 1 June ) thinks that all music should be available for download free and that only the "creators" need to be paid in some way. He seems to have forgotten the sound engineers, makers and sellers of musical instruments, recording studio owners, recording equipment makers, music teachers, designers and managers of download sites, database engineers, producers, arrangers... and of course the vast majority of musicians who are not themselves creators. The cost of distribution of music may have fallen dramatically (although it is still not close to zero, and many people do not have access to broadband) but the costs of production and of creation itself are still much the same as they were. David Dixon Oxford
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