More Figures from Piracy SurveyAdded: Friday, January 25th, 2013
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The idea of the entertainment industry that pirates are the enemy took another drubbing after numerous surveys showed that file-sharers turn out to be the industry’s best customers. Recently, the American Assembly from Columbia University conducted a survey to find out how consumers were getting content and what their attitudes were towards copyright enforcement.
The respondents largely hated the use of web disconnection and rate-limiting as penalties for illegal file-sharing. In addition, the survey confirmed that P2P file-sharers buy 30% more legitimate content than others.
Over 80% believe that it is normal to share copyrighted material with family members, and 60% think the same about friends. Only 4% to 15% believe that it is reasonable to upload copyrighted material for public consumption, post links to illegal content on social networks, or sell pirated copies of copyrighted content.
Unsurprisingly enough, younger people are happier at file-sharing than older people. For instance, ¾ of Americans under 30 said it was reasonable to share material with friends, while only ½ of people over 65 think so. While only 13% of Americans use P2P file-sharing software overall, 20% of adults under 30 do so.
The survey in question was sponsored by Google, and the company might not like some of the findings. Over 50% of Americans think that search engines should be required to block links to illegal content online, while only 42% disagreed.
Overall, the survey supports the idea that file-sharing promotes, instead of hindering, legal content purchases. For instance, an average user on a P2P network has a music library of around 2,000 tracks. Of those, 760 were legally purchased. In the meanwhile, people who don’t use peer-to-peer, have an average library size of 1300 songs, 582 of which are legit. Music ripped from CDs or copied from others makes up the rest.
The survey was also conducted in Germany, and the results were similar, but more Germans thought it was fine for the entertainment industry to enforce copyright. Almost 60% of Germans think that illegal downloading of a music track or film should be punishable, while only 52% of Americans agree. In the meantime, over 70% opposed web monitoring in order to prevent infringement – more than Americans did.
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Friday, January 25th, 2013
|Only 13% Americans use p2p software?? Who did this survey lmao....Oh my|
|posted by (2013-01-25 18:48:31)|
|Someone somewhere will have dollar signs in their eyes as they think "Oh boy we can make them buy all of those 2,000 tracks, not just 760 of them! We're gonna be rich I tell ya!"|
|13% does sound about right. Take into account a few people in the survey didn't want to admit to file-sharing, maybe 15%. Of all the people I know away from this digital palace, and a bunch of online pals as well, I am the only one that even knows what a "torrent" is. If I mention torrent around some of them they think I'm talking about a heavy rain storm.|
|I think that 13% is accurate. Not many of my friends download torrents. Most of them will just stream movies or tv shows from websites online or watch through Netflix. They all rip music from grooveshark or similar websites.|
Anyways, I heard that downloading through a torrent is 200% more bandwidth efficient than streaming is
|posted by (2013-01-26 06:12:37)|
|Not really much of a survey as it has the opinions of people in just 2 countries.|
|posted by (2013-01-26 09:08:15)|
|p2p for 13% thts very gud to be for site n also for to file sharing me to also in his survey.took file form p2p more increase to such content sharing.....|
|posted by (2013-01-26 17:08:46)|
|Not really much of a survey as it has the opinions of people in just 2 countries.|
|posted by (2013-01-26 17:16:51)|
|Thanks #3 and #6 no the 13% was not just based off this site. I just thought 13% was low...That's wierd because I was in your situation maybe 5 years ago, that's when all my buddies said Torrent? WHAT?! Now Before I even get to mention a torrent somebody else brings it up haha. Must be reverse where I'm at damn?! Anyways, online needs it's freedom.|
|posted by (2013-01-26 22:05:15)|
|Not much of a survey? Please post URL of better survey. I am interested to read it/them.|
|Another Study: Pirates Are Industry's Biggest Paying Customers|
Most Americans Don't Support Throttling or Blocking Pirates
by Karl Bode Wednesday 23-Jan-2013 tags: Fileswapping · business · stats · consumers
A new Google-funded survey out of Columbia University (pdf, via Ars Technica) unsurprisingly finds that those who pirate also tend to buy the most content. Despite the RIAA having a hard time admitting this fact, that pirates are the industry's best customers is something that has repeatedly been shown to be true in studies -- over and over and over again.
The survey also unsurprisingly found that the majority of those polled oppose throttling, blocking or censoring of content by ISPs, search engines and governments, though the results vary depending on age and how specifically (or perhaps menacingly) the questions are worded:
Support for search engine and ISP blocking tracks with age: only 39% of 18- to 29-year-olds support requirements that search engines block sites, while 59% oppose them. Americans 65 and older, in contrast, support blocking by 59% to 31%. Other enforcement questions are less age sensitive. One possible explanation is that the young are less tolerant of blocking by services viewed as primary gateways to the Internet (such as ISPs) than of services perceived to be secondary or replaceable (Facebook).
When asked if the government should block access to sites that infringe, majority support for enforcement vanishes: 40% say yes; 56% no. When we replace the word "block" with the stronger "censor," support drops further: 33% say yes; 64% say no. Americans do not like government involvement in these matters. Should ISPs “censor” infringing content rather than “block”? Support drops 12%: 46% say yes; 49% say no.
That's of course why throttling, blocking and otherwise hindering users via the upcoming six strikes plan may not be the smartest plan, since the industry is essentially shooting their best customers in the foot (not to mention the significant additional problems with the plan). Not only because pirates tend to be the biggest buyers of legit content, but also because using the government and ISPs to play piracy policy simply creates additional ill-will toward the entertainment and content industries. Not that the RIAA or MPAA have shown concern at any point about either.
Offering easy, legitimate ways to acquire low-priced content continues (Steam, Spotify, GOG) to be the best weapon against piracy.
|posted by (2013-01-27 07:12:49)|
|"only 39% of 18- to 29-year-olds support requirements that search engines block sites, while 59% oppose them"|
Who the hell are these people?!? When are the masses gonna finally "get it" that asking the government to censor or block something on the internet is like a root canal patient asking to be hit in the mouth with a sledgehammer? Unbelievable!!!
|you have to remember also that 13% is based on the people the asked in the survey because i highly doubt they asked every single american do you use p2p|
|yes I agree that seems right it is insane to me that I might be the only one I know who even knows what a torrent is ..aside from the aforementioned rainstorm...yah I think like with anything some are seeders but most are leechers|
|Yeah !! What TrialNerror said !!!!1|
|I figure it is around 1 in 5 people who download or have the capacity to use torrents and that figure is increasing since Internet technology is now a pre-requisite in most schools today and whether its a game or the latest LOTR ,Vamp fan or Action junkie movie, all can and will use it at some point including kids as young as 9 or 10.|
|I have said it before,there are is a percentage of movie entrepreneurs that watch cams and if they like it they buy the film since the cams are invariably not the best quality but do give a better representation than the trailers released by the studios and so even grainy,overly dark cams with audio hiss get downloaded and people then flock to buy the dvd,those films worth the expense are clear from the sales later on,LOTR and Twilight saga to mention just 2.|
|It must be noted that with Bittorrent signing to over 20+ TV manufacturers to install the application into their TV`s and their work in using mikhails concept of streaming over bit torrent the future is clear in said regard and I await to see the chaos it causes the copyright police and cyber when it does since they cannot imprison 20 or more million people who will be file sharing straight from their tv`s in the very near future.||
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