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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Will See 30% Increase in Piracy

UK Will See 30% Increase in Piracy

UK Will See 30% Increase in Piracy

Added: Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
One of the leading British law firms has published a report saying that around 30% of the file-sharers in the country admit that they are going to pirate more films, music, games, and e-books within the next year. Meanwhile, the same report says that 34%-36% of people who pay for their music and video will continue to purchase more.

Wiggin, one of the largest UK’s law firms, has published its 2012 Digital Entertainment Survey, which polled 2.500 citizens of the country and revealed quite interesting statistics. Its first part covered consumers’ entertainment activities, such as watching TV, listening to music or reading e-books. The results of the study showed that it wasn’t until the 34th position out of 40 when an illegal activity appears.

Moreover, 6% of respondents explained that they download films or TV shows from linking and hosting sites, and 5% admitted they download video content from regular file-sharing websites. As for the illegal music downloads, only 5% of people confirmed they did it, and 4% admitted to have downloaded e-books.

According to the study, file-sharing is mostly popular with male youth. 14% of 15-to-19-year-old men said they have downloaded films and TV-shows via file-sharing services, compared to 2% of women.

As the audience mature, the percentage drops, and it is only 1% for both men and women of 45 or older. The researchers point out that people who are already downloading from illegal sources aren’t likely to stop from their activities. Of people admitting about their file-sharing habits, 29% confirmed they would keep downloading more e-books, while 28% promised to download more games and software. The same number of respondents admitted they will continue downloading music content.

On the other hand, there’s a positive trend on the legal side of the issue. For example, of those already streaming ad-supported music, 27% promised do more within the next 12 months. In addition, 36% music enthusiasts already paying for a streaming subscription confirmed they would keep consuming more music in the future.

Finally, the survey also asked out the issue of regulating online content, and around 40% of respondents disagreed with the notion that the web should be regulated the same way as TV. However, a total of 58% said that it should.

May 10th,2012

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Date:  Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-05-11 02:03:18)
Raptor5 avatarWhat a waste of time, money and effort. This is a report that is by its very nature flawed and inaccurate.

posted by (2012-05-11 03:44:27)
CaptCosmo avatarSounds to me like the 58% need a brain transplant. Give an inch and Freedom takes another hit. The WWW must always remain free of any regulation in our world where Knowledge is Power. Quit taking Personal Freedoms for granted and start standing up for them before there are none left.....

posted by Turtle (2012-05-11 11:01:05)
No avatarA 30% increase in UK piracy?! But... but... they blocked the Pirate Bay! How is this possible?!? It makes no sense! My brain is exploding and I'm all out of ephemerol!

posted by (2012-05-11 12:05:14)
No avatarthey aint blocked piratebay i can get in using a proxy

posted by (2012-05-11 12:31:59)
natthecat avatar@hacker187

So they have blocked the piratebay if you have to use a proxy. Its not been taken down mate.

posted by Turtle (2012-05-11 13:07:37)
bigcow2k avataronly 30%?? keep 'em coming

posted by (2012-05-11 13:11:35)
CanyouseetheGoose avatarSKY HAVE NOT BLOCKED TPB YET.

Hoofing. Cheers UL.

posted by (2012-05-11 19:51:09)
plisscin avatarI am on virgin media and the piratebay is blocked but i use Ultrasurf it works great.

posted by (2012-05-11 22:02:29)
ic3m4l3 avatarCanyouseetheGoose
lol yeh b ut uget lke piss poor s peeds so us virgin users simply load a proxy grab our torrent and disable proxy job done ur speed suks s u stay with sky

posted by (2012-05-12 00:54:59)
Digital_x avatar@CaptCosmo You are dead on, I absolutely agree, and I think this report is bogus, I can't believe there are that many idiots out there!

posted by Blocked (2012-05-12 01:10:11)
skreamer avatarLOL@ Promised. Did they say that with one hand on heart and the other in the air palm forward and 'on their life'?

Being serious though are individuals hunted down at all? All this news seems like a proliferation aimed at the sites and individuals that run them. 'the score with individual P2P'ers? Where can I get the news on that?

All this clamping down going on recently just makes me wanna go P2P crazy baby!!!! and stick it to The Man.

posted by Blocked (2012-05-12 01:54:09)
Blue_Lady avatarThis is true! I am going to start retagging music and tv torrents in addition to the movie torrents I retag on a daily basis. hehehe

posted by (2012-05-12 03:34:25)
Brynn217 avatarI would just have to say that a large part of the 58% is lying their ass off..... which makes the report flawed because it assumes that everyone is telling the truth....

Go to any Church and do the same poll... but put in the first 5 questions... have you ever sped before in your car while driving? If you answer yes to this, and no to downloading... you are lying...

posted by (2012-05-12 13:55:12)
No avatarThe reason older folks stop/cut down on piracy is that as you get older, none of the media content that's pumped out year after year is getting any more interesting, and in fact, is getting pretty darn boring. You derive most of the pleasure from the media you experience while you are young, and you latter settle down to a smaller, older 'sampling' of what you've already experienced as your favs, and lose interest in newer, unfamiliar styles, plots, tunes, etc. There's just not that many new and interesting ways to kill Jason, rap/sing about love, experience human drama or be horrified by human behavior, have sex, get spooked, play Mozart, etc. The producers of media content realize this and have really gone to war with the youth in an effort to 'get paid' at the expense of the possible experiences they could enjoy for next to nothing by downloading all of the older content that is available. Look at how many radio stations still play music from 30 years ago and how many remakes of older movies there are, and in general, how difficult it is for them to 'remake' our experiences for the next generation. If fact, most of the content online is too old for them to even worry about except that it cuts into their profit by allowing everyone access to 'alternative' content to buying the 'new' media they're pushing. Nowadays there are even much smaller, cheaper movies, music groups, etc. that are producing media that will probably never see a major profit unless it gets exposure on the Net, thus ensuring that what wasn't a threat to their profits before is certainly making a dent. In other words, the whole push to limit exposure to the Internet is purely to reduce the available experience of users to the media they wish to sell, not because you're getting that media for free.

posted by (2012-05-12 14:23:43)
No avatarI guess the other point I'd like to make is that content that is truly new, truly compelling and worth purchasing will make it's creators a tidy profit, regardless of piracy. Here are a few examples. Avatar was a truly new and interesting movie and included some spectacular new 3D technology. I spent more money seeing that in 3D than I've ever spent for theater combined, and the James Cameron made over a billion dollars even with the ramped piracy of the movie and game. A popular combat series game by Clancy came out last year or before that made more money in the first month than any movie in history, and guess how much that was pirated...LOTS. Finally, Microsoft, a success story which I'm sure you're all familiar with, that involves a few operating systems of dubious benefit to mankind. The combined versions of this OS have been pirated more than any other software, yet the 'victim' of this piracy is still one of the richest men in the world. Where is the real proof that innovation, creativity and new technology are being hurt by piracy in any major way that could legitimize the right of a minority of governmental individuals (who represent the pathetic minority of distributors of failed media) to limit the vast majority of mankind's ability to openly communicate through the Internet? Get REAL people, and take back your freedom!

posted by Blocked (2012-05-14 00:00:55)
No avatarMentioned this before, but just to remind everyone. The music and film moguls know they haven't a cat in hell's chance of doing anything about piracy (And I would suggest EVERYONE in the UK changes over to Non-UK DNS servers, so the courts have no jurisdiction whatsoever over your browsing!) but they don't like TPB hosting a lot of material by unsigned bands, hence their action. Just like the FBI ripping into MegaUpload, because the 'ultra-richie's took fright over Mega's intended new media business model that would cut out the likes of the music and film companies.

Bigger fish to fry in the UK, as the Government want to store one year's worth (so they say . . . their storage capacity at GCHQ Cheltenham can easily store SEVEN year's worth of this data) of ALL UK EMAILS, ALL UK LAND AND MOBILE PHONE CALLS and EVERYONE's ENTIRE WEB BROWSING HISTORY (They'll have one heck of a job with the web browsing and P2P if (AND WE MUST!) ALL USE NON-UK DNS SERVERS FROM NOW ON.

THEY SAY they won't be looking at content, don't believe a word of it. Once they have access, all hell break's loose on everyone's privacy. The Police will use it more routinely than phoning or writing to mother, and all opposition MPs will be at risk of being busted or blackmailed over anything.


It's time for EVERYONE AS IN EVERYONE, ALL OF US IN OUR MILLIONS TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED and defeat the BIGGEST THREAT to Civil Liberty, Human Rights, Right to Privacy and Right to a Private Life in the free world, without ALL electronic communication being monitored all of the time.

ONLY IRAN AND CHINA have anything similar in place. They won't catch a single terrorist, paedophile/paedophile group or anyone out for serious crime or harm to others, as they'll ALL go underground on changed DNS servers, anonymous proxies, VPN AND they'll totally encrypt all their communications. BUT WE WILL ALL HAVE LOST OUR ENTIRE PRIVACY ENTIRELY FOR NOTHING.


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