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shamu726 posted a topic in FileSharing NewsA new report published by PRS for Music reveals that UK traffic to stream-ripper sites has skyrocketed over the past three years. The findings reveal a massive 1390% traffic boost. Intrigued by these findings, we decided to take a closer look at the methodology, with some surprising results that cast doubt on the overall conclusions. Every year, dozens of piracy studies and surveys appear online. These can help to signal new trends and changes in user behavior. When done right, research can be a valuable tool to shape future law or to direct
The AchieVer posted a topic in FileSharing NewsPiracy Tracking Firm MUSO Secures Additional £3.5m in Funding UK-based piracy tracking firm MUSO has raised an additional £3.5 million in funding from venture capital firm Harwell. The company plans to use the funds to broaden its market share while continuing to focus on the message that piracy audiences are untapped pools of wealth that should be embraced. Anti-piracy firms often portray copyright infringers as thieves that must be stopped or eradicated. However, the people at UK firm MUSO have a different take on th
The AchieVer posted a topic in FileSharing NewsFragmented Streaming Landscape Keeps Piracy Relevant, Research Suggests Streaming video services are, in theory, great competitors to pirate sites and services. However, when you have to sign up for half a dozen subscriptions to watch your favorite movies and shows, something is wrong. New research suggests that this fragmented streaming landscape is keeping piracy relevant. There is little doubt that, for many people, streaming services have become the standard for watching movies and TV-shows.
New research has revealed that 60 percent of all UK citizens have used pirate services to stream or download TV, films or music. However, the vast majority of these self-proclaimed pirates say they tend to find legal options first. These and other findings suggest that piracy remains an availability problem and that 'pirates' are among the most engaged consumers. Online piracy is often portrayed as a simple problem. People download or stream something that’s not theirs because they don’t want to pay. While this may apply in some cases, the reality i