Piracy Will Increase By 30% In The UK In The Following Year

According to a report by a leading UK law firm, roughly 30% of UK’s file-sharers say they plan to pirate more movies, music, games, and e-books during the next twelve months. As for the legal side, the study shows that 34% to 36% of those who prefer to pay for their music and movies will continue to purchase more in the year to come.

Wiggin – an established British law firm – has released its 2012 Digital Entertainment Survey. The study polled 2.500 UK citizens and revealed some interesting statistics.
The first part of the survey covers people’s entertainment activities like watching TV, listening to music or reading e-books. Surprisingly enough, the study shows that it is not until the 34th position out of 40 when an unauthorized activity appears.

In addition, 6% of respondents said they download movies or TV shows from linking and hosting websites, while 5% stated that they download video materials from regular file-sharing sites. As for the unauthorized downloading of music, only 5% of respondents said they did it, while 4% admitted to have illegally downloaded e-books.

The study shows that file-sharing is mostly popular with younger men. Of all men between 15 and 19 years old, 14% said they’ve downloaded movies and TV-shows through file-sharing sites, compared to 2% of women.

The percentage drops to 1% for both men and women of 45 years old and up.Those that are already downloading from unauthorized sources are not likely to stop from their activities, the survey shows. Of those admitting about their file-sharing habits, 29% said they would continue to download more e-books, and 28% said they would download more games and software in the next 12 months. As for music, 26% to 28% respondents admitted they will continue downloading.

As for those who want to remain on the legal side, of those already streaming ad-supported music, 27% said they would do more during the next year; 36% music enthusiasts who are already paying for a monthly streaming subscription said that they would continue to consume more music in the future.

Furthermore, of those who are currently downloading unauthorized TV shows and movies, 26% said they would download more from file-sharing sites the following year, dropping to 24% for those who prefer cyberlockers, while those who are already paying for their movies either from PPV or on-demand services, 34% said they would consume more over the next twelve months.

When it comes to a change of habits during the following year, 15% to 19% of current downloaders said they would do less, a figure close (18%) to those who are abandoning DVDs. 30% of current movie goers expect to increase their habit in the year to come.

The survey shows that on the issue of regulating internet content 40% “strongly” or “slightly” disagreed with the notion that the internet should be regulated the same way as TV, while a total of 58% said that it should.

Finally, when it comes to policing the internet, 53% agreed that stronger regulation is required, while only 18% disagreed.

The full report can be seen here.