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Posts Tagged ‘Piracy’

Illegal Downloading on the Decline as Streaming Services Grow in Norway: Report

Norwegian research company Ipsos has released a new report, which has found that digital piracy is on the decline. The report looked at the illegal downloading of music, movies and TV shows from 2008 to 2012, and found a significant decrease in activity.

According to the report, in 2008 around 1.2 billion songs were illegally shared but by 2012 that number was down to 210 million. The report also found that in 2008 125 million movies and 135 million TV shows were copied without permission. Those figures had dropped to 65 million movies and 55 million TV shows by 2012.

The report suggests that this decline is not about stricter laws against piracy, but is a result of media companies offering consumers affordable ways to pay for content. For instance, the report found that 47% of respondents, about 1.7 million people, use music streaming services like Spotify and Wimp. Remarkably, 54% of these people are premium members, paying for ad-free access. (Via TorrentFreak).

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Bit Torrent Traffic Up 40% During The First Half Of This Year

Traffic to Bit Torrent sites was up 40 percent in North America during the first half of this year,  according to a new report from Sandvine. The report found that upstream to Bit Torrent sites represents 36.8 percent of Web traffic. To put this in perspective, Skype and NetFlix combined represent a little more than 10 percent of upstream traffic.

However the “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2012“ report points out, “the application continues to exhibit a steady downward trend in overall traffic share, declining to 10.31% of total peak traffic from being 11.30% a half a year ago.” Still app developers should be concerned about traffic to Bit Torrent sites, as the distribution of illegal copies of copyrighted apps can be a problem on these sites. (In fact, in 2012 the Department of Justice launched its first investigation into app piracy.) Read more

eBookNewser Readers Debate Relationship Between Piracy And Sales

Last week, we linked to a Forbes interview with Magellan Media founder Brian O’Leary who contends that piracy may help lift eBook sales. Our readers debated the issue in the comments section of the post. Here is what they had to say:

Tom Collins wrote: “I think book ‘piracy’ in the sense you’re talking about has existed since the invention of the free lending library. I would think by now the experiences of folks like Robert Scoble, Cory Doctorow, and Lawrence Lessig, writing whole books in public on their blogs and having the finished print versions go best-seller would put this debate to rest.”

Vincent Eaton wrote: “In another media, Monty Python tried for four years to ban their TV skits from UTube, and spent a fortune on lawyers. They gave up. Within three months of that decision their DVD sales when up 3000%.” D L Hulick, countered this argument with this comment: “This is a false equivalent, IMO. Watching a three minute sketch on YouTube and then deciding to buy a DVD with *hours* of content is not the same as reading an entire novel. Once you’re done with the YouTube video, there is still more content, and you may want to see it in a different medium (TV, etc.). However, with a book, once you’re done with it, well, you’re done with it. Unless you decide to read another book by that same author, you have used up the content; and even then, the lure of alternate media isn’t there.”

Mitch wrote: “I’ve been studying the digital disruption of publishing and believe that Piracy accelerates change in this market, actually lowering the risk at the cost of short term negative impact on publishers. See my blog on this subject.”

A3n3d3y commented: “It is illogical to interpret piracy as boosting sales. Piracy, one can assume, will come in direct relationship to popularity of a book. If more people want to buy it there will be a parallel number wanting to steal it.”

What do you think?

UK Publishers Wary Of eBook Security In Libraries

Publishers in the UK are growing concerned over eBook lending in libraries after scammers have attempted to steal eBooks from the system.

The Guardian UK reports: “But following abuse of the system – with China-based readers attempting to circumnavigate copyright laws by joining British libraries and plundering their virtual collections for free – publishers have now threatened to prevent libraries from accessing ebooks. It’s a move described by one library boss as “regressive” at a time when they are trying to innovate as they fight for survival.”

Companies like Overdrive and let library patrons check out eBooks from libraries or remotely from their homes, but the Publishers Association is concerned that services like these are not safe enough to protest against piracy.

What do you think?