[Cary Sherman, president of RIAA] told a conference in London that a 31% decline in music sales between 1999 and 2002 was primarily due to piracy.
Really? All due to piracy? The whole recession and poor economy had no effect whatsoever? Even with other labels saying that downloading music is helping sales? With the actual buyers saying that the main reason they aren't buying is a lack of quality product to purchase? And with evidence pointing to an upturn in sales (that would just happen to coincide with the upturn in the overall economy)? Maybe — just maybe — that has something to do with the sales figures the RIAA is quoting.