Official figures show music and video piracy on the rise in the UK

While streaming services have made it cheaper and easier than ever to access music and video content on the web, online piracy continues to thrive. The latest figures from the United Kingdom’s communications regulator, Ofcom, show that piracy is on the increase there, with around 18% of all web users aged 12 or over in the UK accessing content illegally, up from 16% during the preceding quarter.

The latest online copyright infringement tracker report from Ofcom covers the three months to the end of January 2013, and it found that 386m files were illegally accessed during that period. Perhaps unsurprisingly, music was the most popular of all media to be illegally distributed, with 280m music files accessed via unlawful sources by UK web users. TV shows were the second most popular (52m), followed by movies (28m), e-books (18m), and software and games (7m).

The total proportion of all UK web users accessing multimedia content online now stands at 60%. Of these, 33% who watch movies online do so via illegal means, while 26% of those who stream or download music online do so without paying for it. Of those who illegally access content via the web, 5% don’t pay for any content online, exclusively obtaining it via pirate sites. 59% of those accessing content illegally are male, while 68% are aged 34 or under.

The findings will no doubt fuel the outrage of copyright holders, and lend further momentum to efforts to combat online privacy. McAfee recently patented in-browser technology designed to steer users away from illegal streaming and download sites, towards legitimate content sources. 

Source: The Guardian

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The findings will no doubt fuel the outrage of copyright holders, and lend further momentum to efforts to combat online privacy

They already tried this by blocking popular sites and clearly it did not work, so when will they learn that they only have themselves to blame??

Plus with TV shows no blooming adverts every 10 minute for a 40 minute show.

1. TV show starts.
2. Previous on blah blah
3. Then the Intro credits roll.
4. Adverts (Commercials)
5. 10 Minutes of show.
6. Adverts (Commercials)
7. Repeat step 5, 6.

Same with the movies and all the rubbish you cant fast forward through at the start.

Perhaps the largest reason I imagine for this is that film/tv shows are still delayed before getting here, while big blockbusters enjoy a quick release most of the time, the other majority don't. Therefore people don't want to wait for their favorite show or movie to get here.

In this global economy, we need simultaneous releases for everything, when/if that happens we'll see a MASSIVE downturn in piracy, because people won't need too.

Everytime I go to the cinema after spending nearly £25 for two tickets! I then understand why it's on the rise, the cinema is just way to bloody expensive! If they reduced films to £5 a ticket just for a month or two and then done a heavy investigation into downloads of movies in that period, I'm pretty damn sure they'll see a massive decrease.

In this case, I wish people download more and more until they realise the price is just way too high.

There's bound to be someone on here playing devils advocate in a bit, going "oooh, but you would you steal a ferrari, because you can't afford it" well this really is completely different, if you want to play devils advocate only do it for something of similar value!

I was behind someone the other day that went to see "Iron Man" in 3D and it was $38 for the two. Regular movie prices were $22 or $24 for two.

The thing that gets me is the concession prices. With tickets and drinks/popcorn, you're looking at $45-$60.

Crazy...

kayzee said,
The more people download, the more the cinema price is going to increase to counteract against what they're losing...

Problem is they have "record-breaking" movies and sales every year.

Given this study was supported by the Intellectual Property Office which works with copyright holders to prevent piracy there is a vested interest in inflating the figures to pass yet more archaic legislation to prevent this activity. As other commenter's have stated - produce a product worth buying at the price given and I'll pay for it.

Piracy is just more convenient, especially when it comes to TV shows / Movies.

Automated systems like Sickbeard and CouchPotato will get you any TV show / movie you want and organise it for you after its downloaded.

Streaming services like Netflix are a great idea, however lack content.

InsaneNutter said,
Piracy is just more convenient, especially when it comes to TV shows / Movies.

Automated systems like Sickbeard and CouchPotato will get you any TV show / movie you want and organise it for you after its downloaded.

Streaming services like Netflix are a great idea, however lack content.


The other problem with streaming is lack of bandwidth, I think there are still some places in the UK that are still on dialup! Apart from those, there are still a lot of rural areas with slow or unreliable broadband as well.
That said I'm on a Virgin Media 100Mb/s cable connection and I still prefer downloads over streaming because buffering in the middle of a film/TV show annoys me so much.

These dinosaurs were too late to provide solid alternatives to physical media. The digital music industry is still nascent, 15 years after web users started sharing mp3s (there are still only a few players taking this seriously). Now this industry faces an incumbent position to try and reverse, that's had over a decade to embed in people's psyche. Good luck with that.

The movie industry is just as worse, and the same thing will happen there.

I doubt it's an issue about learning. They know exactly how to combat piracy and that is: Don't.

With piracy, stupid bills like SOPA will eventually be part of the world, making them earn money without having to spend anything or do anything at all. It's not about the artists, it's not about the protection of amazing work by artists, no, it's just a system to earn the most money with the least amount of effort.

The more they can blame on piracy, the less they have to do.

I'm still waiting for a 20-50eur subscription so I can watch ANY movie I like from the day it get's into theathers. No delay. No delay between US and EU. And no DRM, or any protection that might prevent me from enjoying the movie the way I like it.