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 China in 2006, one-fifth of searches on was for unlicensed MP3’s. is China’s leading search engine with 50 percent of online searches conducted through its website.


Up to 80 percent of internet traffic is believed to be P2P file distribution, with the vast bulk of content being music and movies.


The figures are based on notice of violation letters sent by the Recording Industry Association of America. The figures were based during the time period of September 2006 to mid-February 2007.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, here are the top ten schools that illegally download music from the Internet:

1. Ohio University

2. Purdue University

3. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

4. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

5. University of South Carolina

6. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

7. Michigan State University

8. Howard University

9. North Carolina State University

10. University of Wisconsin, Madison

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The Nepalese music industry losses an estimated $5.6 Million a year to music piracy.

Source: Asian News International, “Nepalese music industry losing millions to piracy,”, December 7, 2006.