In 2008, file sharing of pirated content online accounted for 31 percent of all Internet traffic, according to Sandvine, a network equipment company.
In 2013, file sharing activity accounted for less than 10 percent of overall Internet activity.
Entertainment officials attribute the drop to the rise in free online streaming sites. In a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, when ABC added television shows to popular streaming site Hulu, the illegal pirating of those shows dropped almost 20 percent when compared with a control group.
Source: Joshua Brustein, “Want to Fight Off Content Pirates? Just Stream Your Show for Free,” Bloomberg Businessweek, December 2, 2013.
On average, customs officials in South Africa record 26 busts of counterfeit goods from entering the country through ports of entry each day.
In 2013, a total of $251 Million (2.6 Billion South African Rand) was seized by security forces in South Africa. Among the items seized were counterfeit clothing worth $14.9 Million (155 Million Rand) and pirated DVDs and CDs worth $64 Million (671 Million Rand).
Source: “South Africa Wages War On Pirated Goods,” Bernama, November 12, 2013.
In an interview with TorrnetFreak, an online pirate who uploads movies to streaming sites explained how he makes money.
According to the individual, a person uploads content such as movies or television shows to a file-hosting site. Users who watch the movies are also show advertisements. The file-hosting website has affiliate programs where ad revenue that is generated is shared with the person who uploaded the movie. On average, the payout to the person who uploaded the movie is around $1 to $2 for each 1,000 views that the movie or tv show generates.
Both the file-hosting site and the person uploading the movie both benefit from having more people view the content. Thus, streaming link sites exist. These sties collect links to the file-hosting site in a way similar to how search engines work. The more streaming links there are, the more people are able to view the movie and thus increase revenue for the person who uploaded the movie.
The pirate who was interviewed by TorrentFreak has uploaded 30,000 movies and television shows on to the Internet using 12 different file-hosting websites. In order to drive traffic and views to those movies, he has added over 200,000 links to streaming link sties that direct people to the pirated content.
(Earnings and illegal income from various activities.)
Source: Andy, “Making Money from Movie Streaming Sites, an Insider’s Story,” TorrentFreak, October 19, 2013.
Intellectual property experts in Malaysia state that the cost to produce a pirated DVD that is sold on the streets is $0.16 (.50 Malaysian Ringgit.)
The pirated DVD sellers are able to sell the discs on the streets for $0.95 to $1.58 (3 to 5 Ringgit).
Source: Rashvinjeet S. Bedi, “Criminologist lauds crackdown on pirated DVD sellers,” Star, October 15, 2013.
A survey conducted by accounting company PwC fourd that 18 percent of consumers in Britain admitted to purchasing counterfeit alcohol. 16 percent reported purchasing counterfeit drugs such as Viagra and weight-loss pills. And 13 percent admitted to buying counterfeit cigarettes.
British consumers between the ages of 18 to 34 bought the most counterfeits, with 60 percent saying that they bought pirated movies and music and 55 percent have bought counterfeit clothing.
Source: Rebecca Smithers, “Surge in purchases of counterfeit goods,” Guardian, October 1, 2013.
According to a study commissioned by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), 74 percent of consumers surveyed in a study stated that they first found a website offering pirated materials through a search engine.
58 percent of searches with keywords such as the movie’s title or names of television shows had links to online piracy sites, according to the report.
82 percent of search queries that brought a user to a website offering pirated materials was through Google search. This number is in direct contrast with a report released by Google last week. Google claims that just 16 percent of internet users find online piracy sites through a search engine.
Source: Eriq Gardner, “Why Hollywood Is Suddenly Marveling Over Piracy Studies,” Hollywood Reporter, September 18, 2013.
327 million people around the world was searching for pirated content online, according to a study commissioned by NBCUniversial. The people accessing pirated content accounted for 14 billion page views on websites that were proving content without a licenses. The number of page views was 10 percent higher than the amount recorded in November 2011.
149 million users visited cyberlockers in January 2013, a decrease of 8 percent from November 2011.
Online piracy accounted for 24 percent of total Internet bandwidth in 2012, a 160 percent increase from 2010.
Source: Richard Verrier, “Online piracy of entertainment content keeps soaring,” Los Angeles Times, Company Town, September 17, 2013.
In 2012, Google disabled the Adsense accounts and prevented ads from being displayed on 46,000 websites that was providing pirated content.
However, Google also stated in the report “How Google Fights Piracy” that all major search engines such as Yahoo, Bing and Google only provides 16 percent of the traffic to bit-torrent and piracy sites like The Pirate Bay. Most of the websites that provides torrents, downloads and pirated materials receive their traffic through social media, word of mouth and other marketing methods.
Source: “How Google Fights Piracy,” September 2013.
A study conducted for Ofcom indicated that nearly one in four downloads on the Internet in the United Kingdom involves a pirated material. The study covered the time period of May 2012 to May 2013.
Most of the illegally downloaded content in the UK is done by a small percentage of users. According to the study, 2 percent of UK Internet users account fro almost 75 percent of online piracy. The most popular form of pirated content during the time period was movies, with 35 percent of the total number of movies viewed online was pirated.
The Internet users who were the most active illegal downloaders were also found to spend the more money for legal content. On average, users who pirate content spend $41.10 (£26) every three months of legal downloads. Internet users who do not commit piracy spent $25.32 (£16) on legal content every three months.
Source: “Ofcom: Piracy accounts for one in four downloads,” BBC News, September 11, 2013.
According to the Motion Picture Association of America, people in Russia download 31 million unlicensed American movies each year using torrent services.
In 2012, the International Intellectual Property Alliance found that there were 0 cases of Internet piracy prosecution cases during the year.
Source: Ilya Khrennikov, “Netflix Clones in Russia Get a Head Start With Piracy Law,” Bloomberg, July 31, 2013.