Next week, September 12th, music chiefs will meet with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, for what will probably be a futile discussion over breakfast intended to tackle the problem of digital piracy and how authorities can crack down on an act that for many people has become the norm - something without consequence and almost their right to do.

Who can really blame those people when there is such a sketchy line of morality surrounding the internet and illegal downloading or streaming. Everyone knows that it is wrong but how many people can hand on heart say they have never illegally downloaded, or copied from someone else's hard drive? How many people that claim they've paid for every bit of music they own, have never streamed sport or an illegal copy of a film or TV show online? Throughout the past 70 years, money has been lifted from performers pockets in one way or another. Even older, less tech savvy generations may have jumped fences at festivals and gigs in years gone by or bought dodgy merchandise from the guys outside shows and touted tickets.

One of the first albums I ever bought with my own money was a pirated copy of Coolio's Gangsters Paradise on cassette from a car boot stall selling chart albums, all of which were a lot cheaper than the what you could find at Our Price. No sooner had I passed over my pocket money for the album (complete with a blurred, yet satisfyingly rebellious Parental Advisory label) I sprinted to find my mum and begged her for the car keys so I could go and listen to my new purchase in full.

Sure, the quality of the recording wasn't as great as an original and within a few weeks the photocopied inlay had caught on the tape every time I put it in or out of the case, to the point where it had become dog-eared and ripped, but I didn't care. I loved that album and if it wasn't for that stall I would never have owned it myself; a shop wouldn't sell to me aged about ten or eleven and my mother would never have bought it for me if I'd asked her, she would have taken one look at that Parental Advisory label and washed my mouth out with a bar of soap for even suggesting I should own it. Back then I didn't realise or care that Coolio didn't get any money from my purchase, or that one day piracy would see record shops go out of business.

Caroline Records Shop In Portobello (opened in 1956 closed in 2003)

However, what that cassette did do was create a gateway into Hip-Hop for me, one that led me to spend my early twenties playing records in clubs in South West London - spending thousands of pounds on import vinyl and CDs - but then the arrival of the internet meant I could access sites like Napster and Limewire for bootleg remixes that you couldn't buy in the shops.

Fast forward to today and according to figures recently quoted by Ofcom, 18% of internet users in the UK aged twelve and over had accessed pirated content, whilst between November 2012 and January of this year a staggering 280 million tracks were illegally downloaded and a further 52m TV shows, 29m movies and 18m ebooks were also bootlegged.

With figures like that for three months showing just how big a thing this is, it's no surprise that the bill passed through Parliament back in 2010 called the Digital Economy Act, which was designed to combat piracy, is yet to be implemented three years later. How can you regulate something as large and as evolving as the Internet?

Perhaps you can't and perhaps that is why record labels are taking matters into their own hands and have approached the major broadband players independently to sign up to a voluntary scheme to monitor all internet users activity. The idea will be for the internet service providers (ISPs) to keep a record of those who repeatedly access illegal content and then issue letters threatening sanctions which could lead to restricting certain sites or slowing down users broadband connections. Remember that "sketchy line of morality"? Works both ways huh? What would then happen to this information and what else could be done with it? Thankfully these plans could be scuttled by the Data Protection Act which prohibits companies from sharing such information about their customers unless it is for commercial usage.

The trade union for record labels, the BPI, have stated they wish to find a conclusion in their meeting with Mr Cameron next Thursday saying, "The PM is a keen fan of British music and has invited some key industry figures to discuss how it can be further supported, both here and abroad... as concerns the Digital Economy Act, we will discuss with government the need for swifter action to reduce online copyright theft, improve consumer awareness of legal services and make the UK the leading digital economy in Europe."

According to The Guardian however, a spokesperson for the Department of Culture was quick to state that the government will not force ISPs to "adopt any fresh measures" while previously another representative admitted that implementing a structured system similar to the voluntary scheme being talked about would take at least two years and with an election within that time it is difficult to see this issue not becoming politicized with no further progress really being made until at least 2016.

What we can be certain of then, is that for the foreseeable future there will be no real action taken against those who use the internet to obtain media illegally and the numbers will have only increased by the time a solution is found. One other thing is for sure, the desire and ingenuity of people to not pay for music or films means there will always be a place to find pirated content, be it from the shifty dude at the car boot, or a proxy server and the internet. Piracy is a problem that will never go away.