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.

Between 45 to 50 percent of all Internet users in Singapore are believed to access pirated entertainment content, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). There are around 300,000 incidents of illegally downloading of movies, music and other content each month.

Source:  Sophie Hong, “Half of all netizens here access illegal download sites,” Asia One, May 3, 2012.

According to the President of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the number of incidents of theater customers videotaping the film in the United States and Canada was down about 50 percent from the number of incidents in 2007.

Source:  Scott Bowles, “MPAA urges Hollywood to embrace social networks,” USA Today, April 24, 2012.

The Hong Kong Motion Pictures Industry Association (MPIA) estimates that its members lose up to $308 Million (2.4 Billion Hong Kong Dollars) to movie piracy on YouTube.

Over the course of three days, the MPIA found over 200 films that were illegally uploaded on to the website. The pirated content had over 40 million views on YouTube.

Source:  Karen Chu, “Hong Kong Film Piracy on YouTube Amounts to $308 Million Loss,” Hollywood Reporter, April 23, 2012.


Up to 90 percent of all digital content provided to users on the Internet in Vietnam is pirated. The content includes music, movies, software and mobile phone apps.

Source:  Vuong Long, “Ignoring digital copyright, Vietnamese openly use stolen products,” VietNam Net, April 11, 2012.

The Content Overseas Distribution Association, a Japanese organization enforcing intellectual property, reported that 3,300 people have been arrested between 2005 and 2011 in international markets for selling pirated DVDs of Japanese shows and music. During the 6 years, 6.5 million pirated DVDS of Japanese content was seized.

Source:  Mark Schilling, “Taiwan cracks down on piracy of Japanese drama,” Variety, March 5, 2012.


According to a poll by Colombia University, 46 of all adults in the United States reported pirating copies of a television show, movie or music recording.

70 percent of those in the 18 to 29 year old bracket used pirated content, according to the report.

Source:  Brian Gaar, “Online piracy? Old news for gaming industry,” Statesman, February 19, 2012.

The Director General of the Film Academy of the Philippines reported that movie piracy causes losses of $95 Million (4 Billion Philippine Peso) to the country’s film industry in 2011.

This amount is higher than the $69 Million (3 Billion Pesos) lost in 2010.

Source:  Girlie Linao, “Philippine film industry struggles to get out of slump,” Bikya Masr, February 26, 2012.

A academic study reports that movie piracy caused a 7 percent decline in international sales for Hollywood studios between 2005 and 2006. The author of the studies found that movies were available using BitTorrent technology after the movie was released in the United States but before the international release.

Source:  Ben Fritz, “Piracy reduces foreign box office receipts 7%, study says,” Los Angeles Times, Company Town Blog, February 20, 2012.

The movie “Fast Five” was the most pirated movie in 2011, downloaded 9.3 million times using BitTorrent technology, according to TorrentFreak.

Following “Fast Five was “The Hangover Part II” (8.8 million downloads), “Thor” (8.3 million), “Source Code” (7.9 million), and “I Am Number Four” (7.7 million).

In 2010, “Avatar” was the most pirated movie, being downloaded 16.5 million times.

Source: Ben Fritz, “‘Fast Five’ tops most pirated movies of 2011 on BitTorrent,” Los Angeles Times, Company Town, December 27, 2011.

According to a study by the Swiss government, as many as 2.61 million citizens living in Switzerland illegally downloaded pirated content from the Internet.

However, 4.99 million people purchased legitimate copies of movies, music and video games.

Source: Mark Hachman, “Piracy Pays for Itself, Swiss Government Says,” PC Mag, December 2, 2011.