7 Out Of 10 People Unaware That Streaming Is Illegal & 10 Global Statistics To Know About Piracy

(1) The Global TV and movie industry is estimated to lose 15.4 billion U.S. dollars to piracy in 2021.

Approx 11.3 billion lost in USA, 4.1 billion lost outside USA.

7 out of 10 people are apparently unaware that movie and music streaming is illegal.

(2) Approximately 126.7 billion viewings of TV episodes are pirated every year.

(3) TV shows are the most-popular content among pirates, followed by games and music.

(4) 24% of global internet bandwidth is used for illegal downloading and streaming of pirated content.

(5) Streaming sites get the majority of piracy-based traffic, followed by torrent indexing sites.

(6) Number of piracy site visits (ordered by country):

The USA is the highest ranked, with approximately 17.2 billion visits each year.

(7) Age range of visitors (according to our survey of 19 countries)

Countries Surveyed For Data:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • USA

(8) Politics: Left leaning people where found to be 74% more likely to stream movies and other content on piracy sites than right leaning people.

(9) Piracy sites accessed on popular devices: Desktop & laptop computers are currently the most popular devices used for accessing pirated content, however the number of people using tablets and smartphones is rising by 4% each year.

(10) Devices used (organised by brand & operating system):


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