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BMG sez illegal downloads cost Germans big

CEO Stein puts money lost at around $105 mil in 1999

BMG Entertainment CEO Thomas Stein said the illegal trade of music on the Internet cost German record companies around DM200 million ($105 million) in lost revenues last year.

Music-download Web sites like Napster, Scour Exchange, iMesh, Gnutella, FreeNet and Mojo Nation have attracted millions of users around the globe.

While a judge has enjoined Napster from operating and the site prepares for further battle with the music industry, electronics companies are enjoying boosts in sales of CD burners and MP3 players.

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