Thursday January 19, 2017

32% Of All U.S. Adults Watch Pirated Content

Anyone can tell you that piracy is pretty rampantآ—but just how many people are illegally downloading and streaming content? We may now have a decent idea of that, as a YouGov survey has revealed a third of all U.S. adults do so. But considering that poll was spearheaded by an anti-piracy firm, I can only wonder if it has been skewed in any wayآ…

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Through YouGov, the company conducted a representative survey of over 1,000 respondents which found that 32 percent of all US adults admit to streaming or downloading pirated video content. These self-confessed pirates are interested in a wide variety of video content. TV-shows and movies that still play in theaters are on the top of the list for many, with 24 percent each, but older movies, live sports and Netflix originals are mentioned as well. The data further show that the majority of US adults (69%) know that piracy is illegal. Interestingly, this also means that a large chunk of the population believes that they’re doing nothing wrong.