One Third of UK File-Sharers Will Be More Active During the Year

Wiggin, a reputed UK law firm, has come out with some interesting statistics that would be of great interest to anti as well as pro-piracy activists. These statistics were the result of a survey carried out among a group of nearly 2500 respondents. These respondents represented UK’s current demography perfectly, which gives further credence to the reliability and usability of these findings.

downloading-files001As for the statistics, almost 30% of the UK file-sharers intend to increase their activity in the coming twelve months. However in what is certainly good news for anti-piracy activists and groups, more than 30% of the public that pays for their music and movies intends to consume more in the coming year as well.

Significance of These Numbers

The study was published in the Digital Entertainment Survey 2012 and although quite expansive, this article will only touch upon the most relevant and important stats.

The first section within this study was more oriented towards judging people’s habits in terms of normal entertainment avenues like TV watching, music listening and eBook reading.

And contrary to the industry outcry against piracy, in a list cobbled up of the 40 most popular activities that people indulged in; piracy made an entry only at number 34.

A measly 6% of the respondents admitted to sourcing movies or TV shows from file-sharing sites. The figure is even lesser for those hunting for music content (5%) and eBook material (4%).

The Age Factor

One very interesting bit that came out of this study is that file-sharing as an activity is mostly pursued by young men. Among men aged between 15 and 19 years, nearly 14% indulged in downloading TV shows and movies through popular file-sharing sites. The corresponding figure for women was just 2%. And when you talk of men and women above the age of 45, the figure is a paltry 1%.

Determined to Carry On Piracy

Among those who admitted to indulging in piracy, nearly 28% responded that they would download more software and games than before in the immediate future. 29% of eBook downloaders responded in a similar fashion.

The figures for music downloading are almost similar with 28% of file-sharing site users intending to procure music illegally. The figure for those preferring cyber-lockers for unauthorized music is 26%.

Something to Cheer for Anti-Piracy Groups

Among the respondents whose answers have been collated in the study, many were open to increasing their consumption of paid content in the coming year. For example, 27% of the respondents who pay for ad-supported music streaming intend to do more of the same in the next twelve months. Corresponding figure for respondents paying for monthly streaming subscriptions is 36%. 34% of the respondents who pay for their TV and movie content have said they will increase their consumption of the same. This is against 26% of the respondents who pirate such stuff and have said they will increase their piracy activity in the coming year.

Internet Regulation

Of most interest though were the stats regarding the respondents’ stand against controlling the internet to prevent piracy. Close to 53% believed that the internet should be brought under control to curb illegal downloading while just 18% respondents disagreed.