Hoofddorp
10 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon
Survey: Half of consumers watch pirated content
More than half of internet users who responded to a survey admitted to watching pirated video content online.

Software company Irdeto, which published the results on 8 March, surveyed more than 25,000 adults across 30 countries.

Almost half of respondents, 48 percent, who watch pirated video content said they would stop or watch less after learning about the damage that piracy causes.

According to Irdeto, this willingness to change their viewing habits “speaks to the huge impact that education could have on reducing the number of people who pirate video”.

Breaking down the results into specific regions to show the need for education, Irdeto said 75 percent of respondents in Latin America agreed that sharing or producing content is illegal, but only 60 percent recognised that streaming or downloading is illegal.

In Russia, 87 percent of respondents did not think that producing or sharing pirated video content is illegal.

“A battle is being waged in the media and entertainment industry,” said Doug Lowther, CEO of Irdeto. “Legal content offerings are no longer competing against each other. Pirates have undoubtedly grown into a formidable foe that should not be ignored.”

He added: “With more than half of consumers openly admitting to watching pirated content, it is crucial that the industry tackle piracy head-on.”

More Copyright news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Speakers call for India to unite against piracy
30 March 2017 | Mumbai | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Technology could be leveraged to bring about meaningful and effective solutions with the help of copyright owners, heard attendees of FICCI FRAMES
Industry groups comment on copyright leadership bill
28 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The legislation has had mixed responses from the US Chamber of Commerce, Oracle and the Library Copyright Alliance
Copyright leadership role a target of reform
27 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The House of Representatives judiciary committee introduced the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act on 23 March
Safe harbour reforms dropped from Australian bill
24 March 2017 | Canberra | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The reforms may have delayed passage of other important provisions
FilmOn X fails to get judicial support
23 March 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Classing the service as a ‘cable provider’ could “jeopardise” the values of the Copyright Act
Supreme Court rules in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands
23 March 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Ruling heralded as a “big step forward for clothing designers”
CJCH to spearhead anti-piracy HQ
22 March 2017 | Cardiff | Reporter: Barney Dixon
CJCH Solicitors is backed by £432,000 from the Welsh government