Everyday there are five million searches on Google for music and song lyrics, according to the National Music Publishers’ Association.
Over half of the lyrics that are displayed is shown on websites that do not have a license to show the lyrics. These websites show the lyrics, which are protected by copyright, and earn revenue based on the ads that are displayed next to the lyrics.
Source: Ben Sisario, “In Music Piracy Battles, Lyrics Demand Respect Too,” New York Times, November 11, 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.
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.
In 2008, an estimated 1.2 billion music songs were digitally pirated on the Internet in Norway. In 2012, the number of pirated musics files dropped to 210 million.
260 million movies were illegally downloaded in Norway in 2008. By 2012, the number of pirated movies downloaded online fell to 120 million.
Both declines in the number of pirated digital files were attributed to streaming Internet services such as Spotify and Netflix.
Source: Adam Sherwin, “Music and film industries winning war on piracy, says report,” Independent, July 17, 2013.
Over a three month period that ended in January 2013, almost 400 million digital files were pirated by Internet users in the United Kingdom.
According to a study by Ofcom, 18 percent of Internet users in the UK over the age of 12 accessed a pirated copy of an entertainment service. These files included movies, music, television shows, books, software and video games.
In the previous three month period, the number of Internet users who accessed pirated files was 16 percent.
Out of the 18 percent who accessed a pirated file, the study states that 5 percent of that figure only use illegal services.
59 percent of the digital piracy users in the United Kingdom are male, and 68 percent are under the age of 34.
Source: Mark Sweney, “Music, TV and film piracy rises among UK internet users,” Guardian, May 28, 2013.
The Indonesian Record Industry Association stated that at least 6 million people in Indonesia are illegally downloading music off of the Internet each day. The value of the music that is downloaded without payment is estimated to be $1.65 Million (16 Billion Indonesian Rupiah) per day.
In 2012, customers purchased 11 million CDs during the year, down from the average of 90 million CDs sold several years before.
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Source: “Piracy may cost record firms $1.65m a day,” Jakarta Post, April 27, 2013.
A report by the NPD Group found that music piracy rates declined in 2012.
According to the study, there were 26 percent less files being illegally downloaded online in 2012 than in 2011. In addition, 40 percent of respondents stated that they stopped downloading pirated music in 2012. Nearly half of those that stopped said that they stopped illegal downloads due to the availability of streaming music websites such as Spotify.
44 percent of respondents said that they also stopped ripping CDs from friends and family members. 20 percent also stated that they stopped using file-sharing services due to concerns over spyware and viruses.
Source: Alex Knapp, “Study Finds That Streaming And Spyware Are Killing Music Piracy,” Forbes, February 26, 2013.