Movie Piracy

Information and statistics about movie piracy and the sale of pirated movies, DVDs and streaming sites online. Data collected from the entertainment industry and public information sources.

Movie piracy in Singapore causes 350,000 movies to be pirated off the Internet each month. Singapore has one of the highest rate of movie piracy per capita in the Asia region.

Source:  Konrad Foo, “S’pore mulls ‘three-strikes’ law against piracy,” ZD Net Asia, August 19, 2009.

Movie piracy in Iran causes the film industry to lose $100 Million (1,000 Billion Rials)  a year.

Source: “Cinema Industry Suffering From Piracy,” Iran Daily, July 6, 2007.

A new research study stated that up to one fifth of Britons could be indirectly supporting child trafficking based on their purchases of goods on the black market.

The survey by ECPAT stated that people purchasing pirated DVDs,  marijuana, prostitutes and giving money to child beggars could be funding operations that are trafficking children.

The United Kingdom is a key transit hub for the trafficking of children.  Children from 52 different countries are victims of child trafficking.

Source: Robert Booth, “Fifth of Britons unknowingly aid child trafficking, according to survey,” Guardian, August 14, 2009.


The United States  Department of State has reported in their Investment Climate Statement that the first case of movie piracy for the 2008 hit “Iron Man” occurred in Norway.

Source:  US State Department, “2009 Investment Climate Statement-Norway,” February 2009.

Movie and music piracy in Ireland causes a combined loss of $192.57 Million (125.9 Million Euros) annually.

Source:  “IP Trust/INFACT-Piracy is a crime,” Business 2000, accessed: August 7, 2009.

Piracy on the Internet represents between 50 to 75 percent of all Internet traffic worldwide.

Source:  AFP, ” Swedish crackdown on piracy pays off,” Google News, August 4, 2009.

Authorities in Cambodia seize over 10,000 pirated music  CDs and  pirated movie DVDs in Cambodia each year.

Source:  Chun Sakada, “Officials Renew Efforts Against Digital Piracy,” VOA News, September 8, 2008.

Internet piracy of movies in China led NBC Universal to state that over 15 months, over 250 million views of pirated movies and content was seen on video sharing sites on the Internet in China.

Source:  Stephanie Condon, “Congress looks abroad to curb piracy,”CNET News, April 6, 2009.

Movie piracy activities in the Philippines leads to pirated copies of movies that were found to have traveled to 13 different countries in 3 different continents.

Source:  John Grafilo, “Pirated goods add attraction for tourists in Philippines,” eturbonews, March 1, 2009.

Movie piracy causes companies in the United Kingdom to lose up to $818 Million annually.

Source:  Marco Woldt, “Pro-piracy parties gain foothold across Europe,” CNN, July 23, 2009.