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UK Pirates Are Also Big Spenders

UK Pirates Are Also Big Spenders

Added: Saturday, December 1st, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The recent Ofcom’s report revealed that one out of six British citizens is involved in downloading copyrighted goods. But on the other side, the report in question states that the UK pirates are also spending more than the average consumer.


The country’s communications regulator, Ofcom, launched a survey to find out about the citizens’ download habits. It has published the results on the 20th of November, which reflected the answers of 4.400 Internet users (12 and older).

According to an overall look, 16% of the respondents had at least once downloaded unauthorized content, and 25% of them confirmed that they only download pirated material. However, the same survey also found out that 12% of the respondents turned out to be so-called “hybrid pirates”. In other words, they aren’t just downloading pirated material, but also spend up to 3 times on legitimate content than a regular consumer.

Apparently, hybrid pirates can be seen as the most dedicated spenders, with most of their expenditures going to the box-office, concerts, and DVDs. While a regular consumer spends £35.57 on movies, a hybrid pirate spends £56.11. As for music, the pirates are noticed spending £77.24, while the regular buyers pay only £43.31. TV content accounts for £8.28 from normal users, and hybrid pirates spend £25.69.

In addition, one more interesting fact was discovered by the report – the hybrid pirates are likely to pay more for content than regular customers. For instance, hybrid pirates are ready to pay 76p per song while a regular person is only willing to pay just 72p. Not a very significant difference, but still is a difference. When it comes to movies, the pirates can pay £4.92 against legitimate users’ £3.74.

The conclusion can be made that users who pirate and purchase goods via legal channels are also the most committed. The natural question arises: is piracy helping the industry or not? It might happen that this commitment, which is a substantial source of profits, may be possible only because people have access to pirated material. Indeed, although the music industry complains that the past 10 years were a disaster for the industry, the facts are telling the opposite.

December 1st,2012

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Date:  Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Comments (25) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-12-01 15:23:38)
No avatarim a hybrid pirate ...and people whinge about piracy?

posted by (2012-12-01 16:35:33)
No avatarSame, I am a hybrid, I download to see if it's worth buying or going to see in the cinema, if it is, I buy it or go watch it!

posted by (2012-12-01 17:39:35)
colwobs avatarI download things either to try before I buy or to try and not buy cos they're rubbish. A case in point is a band that some bloke on BBC was saying "wonderful, great, buy their album". I downloaded some earlier material and they were bloody good, so I go and buy their latest album. Without listening to a few tracks first I most probably wouldn't have bothered. We always listened to a couple of album tracks in the booth, at whsmiths and woolworths back in the day (late 70s to early 80s), and this is no different, just a modern equivalent is all. So yeh, I'm a hybrid and proud of it......

posted by (2012-12-01 18:57:38)
Tando avatarTry before buy...hybrid pirate not that uncommon at least not among the people I know

posted by Trusted UploaderTurtle (2012-12-01 19:17:54)
ponklay avatarI just pay for my internet connection
why do you need to buy stuff when you can get it free

posted by (2012-12-01 19:19:28)
Jedimastersky avatarHello everyone........My name is Steve and I am a hybrid pirate.

posted by (2012-12-01 19:24:52)
Jedimastersky avatarI strongly agree with colwobs. I try before I buy, even on movies, before I by the expensive BluRay disk, new music album or TV DVD box set.
If I hadn't, I would not be the proud owner of all Myléne Farmers Albums or Music Videos, a total cost spent at retail for these goods, over £800.00 and all becouse I downloaded a torrent file of one of her singles.

posted by (2012-12-02 01:15:21)
No avatarwow i should have put my boots on b 4 i read all these posts bunch of crap liars once u down load an if its a dvd rip u no u dont go buy

posted by (2012-12-02 01:18:23)
No avatarnow yes if i want it on bluray then ill go buy but whats the point if ive already downloaded it here on to a disc then why go waste cash on something ive already got sounds dumb an u know ur full of it if u say u do

posted by ET loverSuperman (2012-12-02 02:06:27)
tonymengela avatar@Briansharb, I also hybrid, Dont care what kind of download you do, you just CANNOT get same quality sound or picture. I check out what I want to buy, I even check cams to fast forward through to see if its worth paying to watch, or if I can take my kids with me. Quite a bit of us out here dont settle for the just the best they can download for free. I agree in one part, we are paying for an Internet connection, That avenue should be considered.

posted by (2012-12-02 03:13:08)
No avatarOMG.......you mean to tell me every one that gets ask if they download content actually admits to it? hell are you freely giving out your personal information as well? well no wander they are going after people. its called SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

@tonymengela: the issue is not that you are paying for a internet connection, its the idea that you are not paying them directly for the content. I mean just look @ what happened to Napster, now they charge for it and that's just because the RIAA is paid the royalties.

posted by (2012-12-02 03:39:39)
dreemr avatarI have over 160 bluray in my collection. If its a movie like the Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises, I will go to the theatre and it will be IMAX or UltraAVX because I know it will be pretty good and I want that experience. Then when it's released on BluRay I will buy it. BUT, half the flicks that come out are crap and just because I download it, doesn't mean I watch it all the way through. Junk gets shut off!

In addition, there are movies I wouldn't go see in the theatre that I have bought on BluRay because I have liked the download. Cabin In The Woods was one. I downloaded it and liked it, so I bought it.

There is a lot of crap out there. The latest Universal Soldier being one of them. MPAA can go to hell that they didn't get $20 out of me for that crap, but they did get a total of $45 out of me both for Avengers and Dark Knight Rises.

Did I download Avengers and DKR? Yup, sure did, because the release dates are too far away. The ET industry needs to change like music did. If they let you see a new release movie online for free for 15 minutes and then charged me $5 to watch it then I would pay it. But the current model? Sucks hard.

Proud hybrid pirate here.

posted by (2012-12-02 08:59:18)
No avatarHello everyone........My name is Mike and I am a hybrid pirate as well I don't do films as such but I do a lot of software until I find one I'm happy with then I buy

posted by Blocked (2012-12-02 13:48:47)
skreamer avatarSoo Briansharb the respondents in the survey are talking BS, the description "hybrid pirate" is BS, and the posters on here are talking BS. Yeah yeah yeah really.

posted by (2012-12-02 15:45:20)
maximusvi avatarTry before you buy.....it works for me and saves me purchasing over hyped bs. I have a collection of legally purchased movies, music and games which I love and no trash that I regret buying

posted by (2012-12-02 16:28:21)
DonVincent974 avatarDVD's cost about .1 cent to purchase them by the thousands, to do the dvd covers/inserts on a large wholesale scale maybe 5 cent(prolly much less on both for a 50 or 100,000 unit orders.) I have looked up blank DVD prices by the thousands and it DIRT cheap, especially if your ordering 20,30,40, 50,000 or more ! So they are making PLENTY of money for there products. Every year, some times twice a year, there is always "best Selling Movie Of All Time hits Cinemas", piracy doesn't seem to effect that, huh ? As far as RIAA/Music Ind. When they win a court case and they pull these fines outta there A$$ for Joe Nobody to pay, the music ARTIST Rarely gets a dime from it ! Its all just fascism at it finest folks. Pretty soon under all this Cyber security non-sense,Piracy Bullshit, we will have no more Intenet net Freedom ! Peace and Prosperity, From USA

posted by Kitty (2012-12-02 16:51:13)
redbull99 avatarlol hybrid pirates people who are hybrid pirates buy the dvds and music and upload for free for all of us so we get them for free lol bunch of idiots lmfao

posted by (2012-12-02 19:08:11)
No avataryea your a wanna be artist that nobodys ever heard of thats why your broke

posted by (2012-12-02 23:52:55)
hairpin100 avatarI am NOT a `hybrid` i d`load movies/software/games because i hate these money-hungry, power-mad bastards who would f#ck over their own children to get more money they dont need or deserve.

posted by Blocked (2012-12-03 08:09:39)
o2david avatarDoes not make any sence. Pirates operate as prime. Begining to end there is no money. Treat this better than a religion, they are pirates. With land also a pirate need only a cannon facing North. Peace here is not rare. As Modern Romans we would use all silos.
Hybrid your welcome but don't flaunt freedom ?
You can pay for all the free fish and pineapple too I guess. My cactus becons.

posted by (2012-12-03 09:29:20)
ToX53c avatarMy name is Etarip......and I'm not a hybrid pirate. I download supreme quality releases and I watch/listen/play/use them as I would the ones you guys buy. So in these times of regression and economic crisis why spend even a cent for a thing you can download for free. Support?(software)-manuals are all over internet(youtube, ebooks...), Quality?(video/audio) - download blurays, etc. etc.

posted by (2012-12-03 09:46:33)
bricktop5 avatarIt was fine before when the record industry was happy to take my hundred quid a month. Now the consumer has the power the corporations don't like it. Well the forward thinking people adapt or die, the recording industry has to adapt, or die. Like milkmen.and postmen (watch this space) Now when i go to Tesco i can buy a colour telly and car insurance with my cornflakes. They adapted. I would be happy to pay 50p for a track, a couple of quid for a film via download. So take away my broadband if you want, i still won't be buying blu rays or DVDs.

posted by Blocked (2012-12-03 11:58:49)
El_Federali avatarrenting seedboxes doesn't qualify them as big spenders

posted by Blocked (2012-12-03 15:20:48)
skreamer avatarbriansharb talking out this anus yet again. A 100% strike rate so far. Such an achievement.

Go on tell the good people who I am since you claim to know. Also why do you say I'm broke? Again likely for no reason other than you are a little [email protected]

I don't expect a decent reply, if any.

posted by (2012-12-04 09:05:54)
No avatarI believe that since the days of the VCR American consumers are allowed one copy of each title they own. I download and then buy, I am for the most part, following the rules. Is there anyone who owns 100's of DVD's that actually uses all the disks to see all of their movies. NOT POSSIBLE. If we are entitled by law, to own a digital copy and yet every disk is encrypted then where did the common sense go? If I cannot hack a disk to obtain my legal digital copy then the movie industry has forced me to download it. As I said I don't use disks. I use a media player. I do believe they are selling. The movie industry is so busy trying to protect their rights that they have lost site of who their customer is or what they are willing to buy.

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