Piracy ‘Significantly’ Declining Due to Availability of Streaming Services (ZDNet)


The availability of streaming services, as predicted by industry, has brought down online copyright infringement of TV shows, movies, music, and games “significantly”, new research released by the Australian government has shown.

The Consumer survey on Online Copyright Infringement 2016 [PDF], conducted by TNS for the Department of Communications, showed that once again, those who consumed both lawful and unlawful content spent more money than those who consumed all of their content legally.

Those downloading content illegally fell from 43% to 39% over the year, while those who streamed content legally rose from 54% to 57%. Those streaming TV shows rose increased from 34% to 38%; those streaming movies rose from 25% to 29%; and those streaming music fell from 29% to 26%.