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.

A report published by the United States Department of Justice stated that $2.6 Billion in Federal, state and local taxes are lost due to movie, music, software and video game piracy each year. The pirated materials also causes the loss of 373,375 jobs within the country.

Source: Jason Ryan, “Cyber Monday: Buyer Beware Counterfeit Goods,” ABC News, The Blotter, November 28, 2011.

The Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association estimates that the movie industry in Japan loses up to $732 Million (56.4 Billion Yen) a year due to movie piracy.

The movie industry loses $305 Million (23.5 Billion Yen) directly from the piracy, with the remaining losses affecting the larger economy.

In 2010, the National Police Agency investigated 368 cases relating to movie piracy, double the amount of cases handled in 2009.

Back in 2005, movie piracy in the country caused losses of $658 Million.

Source: “Film piracy costs Japanese economy 56.4 billion a year: study,” Mainichi Daily News, November 25, 2011.

In the first half of 2011, over 77 percent of digital content consumed in Spain was pirated, according to the Coalition of Creators and Industries of Content. The piracy caused the movie, music, book and video game industries to lose $7.2 Billion (5.2 Billion Euros) in earnings.

74 percent of all digital movies watched in Spain in the first half of 2011 were obtained from services other then the legitimate owner of the movie.

Source: Pamela Rolfe, “Over 77% of Digital Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated,” Hollywood Reporter, November 8, 2011.


As of October 2011, the movie Avatar is the most pirated movies of all time with 21 million illegal downloads, according to BitTorrent. The Dark Knight and Transformers were tied for the second most pirated film.

Source: Lanford Beard, “Top 10 most pirated movies,” CNN, October 14, 2011.

As of August 2011, the adult entertainment industry has sued over 200,000 anonymous defendants for illegally downloading porn in the United States. Areas with a high amount of cases include the Bay Area in California, Texas, West Virginia and Chicago.

The defendants are offered a deal to settle the case for $1,500 to $2,500, or to fight the case in court and have their names linked to the case.

Source: Howard Mintz, “Porn movie pirates, beware: You may be sued,” San Jose Mercury News, August 21, 2011.

There are a reported 400 million pirated downloads on the Internet in Spain each year.

100 million cinema tickets are sold each year in the country.

Source: John Hopewell, “MPAA’s Dodd praises Spain’s anti-piracy moves,” Variety, July 19, 2011.

The top five movies in the United Kingdom were illegally downloaded off the Internet 1.4 million times in 2010, a 30 percent increase from 2006.

The top five television shows in the UK were downloaded 1.24 million times in 2010, a 33 percent increase from 2006.

Internet piracy affects one -third of the total losses from movie piracy that the UK Film industry faces each year.

Source: Dan Whitworth, “Illegal UK film downloads up 30%, new figures suggest,” BBC Newsbeat, July 7, 2011.

Movie piracy in the Philippines causes $69 Million (3 Billion Philippine Pesos) in losses in 2010. Lo The losses are equal to half of the total revenue of the country’s film industry.

Source: “Industry losses due to piracy hit P15 billion in 2010,” BusinessWorld Online, June 29, 2011.

Movie piracy in Thailand causes the film industry to lose $324 Million (10 Billion Thai Baht) a year.

Source: Watchiranont Thongtep, “Distributors struggle against pirate DVD,” Nation, June 27, 2011.

Due to the counterfeiting and pirating of movies and music in Ecuador, disc manufacturers have lost 95 percent of their market share in the country.

Source: Patrick Corcoran, “Ecuador Port Sees Piracy Boom,” InSight, June 21, 2011.