A battle is under way to control music copyright in cyberspace.

Music industry bosses say that there are more than 25 million illegal music files available on the internet. 

Websites such as Napster.com and MP3board.com have allowed users access to download a vast catalogue of music free of charge. 

The Corrs are heading Europe's campaign to outlaw what they see as music piracy. While in the US rock band Metallica are taking legal steps over online music distributors pirating their tracks. 

Jay Berman, chairman IFP (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) comments on the affordability and availability of music.

According to the report

Music chiefs say the entire industry is under threat from piracy.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 July 2000. The reporter is Anthony Murnane.