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 the second half of 2009, piracy in Spain cost $6.28 Billion (5.1 Billion Euros) to content producers. Legal sales in the country during the same period were $1.97 Billion (1.6 Billion Euros).

Movie piracy accounted for $2.95 Billion and music piracy for $2.83 Billion.

Of the digital music market, 95 percent is illegally downloaded.

Of the movie market, 83 percent of all movies are illegally downloaded.

53 percent of all video games are illegally downloaded.

And 19 percent of all digital books are pirated.

Source: Pamela Rolfe, “Piracy cost Spain $6 bil in 2nd half of ’09,” Hollywood Reporter, June 1, 2010.

Below are music piracy losses in 2009 for selected countries. The figures are from the International Intellectual Property Alliance.

Country Losses
1 Argentina 63.4  Million
2 Brazil 147  Million
3 China 466.3  Million
4 India 17.7  Million
5 Indonesia 24.7 Million
6 Israel 55  Million
7 Malaysia 23.5  Million
8 Mexico 436.4  Million
9 Philippines 112.1  Million
10 Poland 118 Million
11 Singapore 4.3  Million
12 Taiwan 2.7  Million
13 Thailand 15.1  Million

Source: “IIPA 2010 “Special 301 Recommendations,” International Intellectual Property Alliance, February 18, 2010.

Movie and music piracy activities in retail stores in Shanghai led to over 3,000 stores to be shut down by police between March and April 2010.

Source:  David Barboza, “In Shanghai, Bootleg Goods Move to Secret Rooms,” New York Times, April 27, 2010.


Music piracy in South Korea dropped by 92 percent between 2008 and 2009.

Source: “Repelling the attack,” Economist, April 22, 2010.

The industrial union in Italy reported that the piracy of movies, music, software and television shows results in the loss of 185,000 jobs.

Source:  Eric J. Lyman, “Piracy causes 185,000 lost jobs in Italy,” Hollywood Reporter, April 19, 2010.

In an article published by the BBC, a law firm that sends thousands of letters to illegal content downloaders state that up to half of the financial settlements received from consumers are given to the content provider, with the law firm keeping the other half for costs.

Source:  Jane Wakefield, “Anti-piracy firm defends net hunt,” BBC News, April 15, 2010.

From 2007 to 2009, police in Turkey seized 7.75 million pirated CDS and Movies, along with 1.6 million pirated books. The counterfeit goods seizures were the result of more than 9,500 police operations that resulted in over 10,000 arrests.

Source: “Turkish police seized millions of bootleg CDs, books,” World Bulletin, November 29, 2009.

Internet piracy in Europe led to $13.7 Billion (10 Billion Euros) worth of pirated movies, music, television shows and software to be illegally downloaded in 2008.

Source:  Associated Press, “European Web downloads cost euro10 billion,” BusinessWeek, March 17, 2010.

A study released in 2010 found that despite peer-to-peer networking downloading falling by 15 percent, Internet piracy of content increased by 3 percent over the same period.

The study found that the cause of the increase was due to less people using file-sharing networks but instead downloading songs directly from websites and utilizing streaming content services on the Internet.

Source:  Sebastian Seibt, “Study shows how downloaders skirt anti-piracy laws,” France 24, March 10, 2010.

Internet piracy though the use of file-sharing networks decreased by 25 percent from the previous year in 2009.

Source:  Greg Sandoval, “P2P music use down; users may be stuffed,” CNet News, Media Maverick, March 1, 2010.