Like Planespotter I received an reply from Ed Vaizey on the same subject and also recieved a reply to the petition:
Collectively, the creative industries are a significant source of employment and national wealth creation, as well as almost uniquely delivering cultural and social benefits. They contribute 6.2% of GVA and have grown faster than the economy as a whole.
These sectors have indicated that they suffer considerable losses from unlawful peer-to-peer file-sharing. The BPI claim P2P file-sharing costs the UK music industry £180m pa (2008) and IPSOS estimates a loss in the UK for TV and films of £152m (2007). Figures are not available for the losses from unlawful file-sharing in other content industries such as publishing, business software or computer games, but it is clear that they are all suffering significant losses. The scale of unlawful activity is a major concern for those contemplating investment in innovative content models that rely upon any form of payment.
These figures dont seem to add up? or is it just me?