Music Piracy

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  1. Losses due to Music Piracy:$12.5 Billion

Music Piracy

Information and statistics about music piracy and the unauthorized downloading of pirated music files. Data about the digital music files are collected from the entertainment industry and other public information sources.

In a survey of over 6,000 people in Finland between the ages of 7 to 84, researchers found that on average each person who downloaded pirated content online had about 2,900 pirated music files and 90 pirated movie files.

The researchers who conducted the study beleives that downloaders have more music files is due to the ease of downloading pirated music. According to the study, downloading movie files require faster internet speeds, more digital storage space, as well as a higher technological ability to playback movies.

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Amoung the reasons that people gave for committing online piracy were that it was cheaper, and that they could access content that was either not available in their region of before it was released to the general public.

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Source:  Samuel Gibbs, “Piracy study shows illegal downloaders more likely to pay for films than music,” Guardian, May 6, 2014.

 

Criminal justice agencies in Jamaica reportedly seized $14.5 Million (1.6 Billion Jamaican Dollars) worth of counterfeit goods across the country between April 2013 to April 2014.

Security agents in Jamaica state that proceeds from the sale of counterfeits are used to fund the operations of organized crime groups active in the country.

Between the time period listed above, over 13.1 million pirated CDs and pirated DVDs were seized in raids by intellectual property enforcement campaigns. In addition, over 80 people were apprehended for violation IP laws.

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Source:  Livern Barrett, “Counterfeit crackdown – Cops vow to clamp down on masterminds behind intellectual property crimes,” Gleaner, April 26, 2014.

A study on digital content by La Coalicion found that 51 percent of internet users in Spain accessed pirated content in 2013.

84 percent of all digital content, such as movies and music, were illegally consumed in Spain during the year.

43 percent of the internet users who committed online piracy stated that they had either downloaded pirated movies or watched the movie on unlicensed streaming  sites.

The report finds that pirating digital content in Spain causes tax losses of $725 Million and the loss of over 26,000 jobs.

Back in 2012, market research firm Nielsen reported that around 45 percent of all internet pages visited by Spain users had links to pirated music or movies.

Source:  “Half of Spain’s internet users download illegally,” The Local, April 9, 2014.

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According to the Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft, the music industry in South Africa loses up to $45 Million (500 Million South African Rand) each year to pirated music.

The main causes of users downloading music in South Africa is the cheap or free price of the music files and the availability of the music content. Many South Africans also reported that they did not know file sharing was illegal.

The industry lobbying group also stated that organized crime groups are involved in music piracy activities in South Africa.

Source:  “On-going piracy battle in the SA music industry,” SABC, January 25, 2014.

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, criminal justice programs 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 services in South Africa. Among the items seized were replica 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 found 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 replica 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.