82% of people admit downloading content illegally


82% of people admit downloading content illegally

Karl Flinders

Some 82% of people have downloaded content from the web illegally, according to a survey of more than 1,600 people.

The study was commissioned by discount website www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk.

The findings were:

  • 82% of people who use the internet have downloaded a file illegally in the past.
  • 24% have watched streamed movies online,
  • 32% have downloaded films that were still on at the cinema.

Of those who said they had downloaded files illegally:

  • 35% have used torrent websites
  • 78% have used peer-to-peer programs
  • 52% have tried streaming illegal video and music content
  • 8% have sold illegal content that they had downloaded.

Men were found to be more likely to download illegal files, with 85% saying they done so, compared to 79% of women.

  • 47% said they did not think of it as crime
  • 64% said they downloaded content illegally to save money
  • 26% were "too impatient" to wait for films and music to be officially released.

The most downloaded files were:

  • MP3s - 76%
  • Movies - 71%
  • Video games - 68%
  • Software - 65%
  • TV shows - 60%
  • Sports - 57%
  • Copyrighted images - 53%
  • Databases - 21%

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