ACCORDING TO FIGURES published by communications watchdog Ofcom, the UK doesn't have a lot of downloaders, but the ones that it does have are keeping themselves rather busy.
A survey carried out for the regulator, found that a hardcore two percent of UK internet users are responsible for 74 percent of downloading and filesharing.
"It becomes clear that [copyright] infringement is heavily skewed; a small proportion of infringers account for the large majority of infringements," said Ofcom.
"The data shows that just [two percent] of internet users make up the top decile of infringers by volume, and these people accounted for three-quarters (74 [percent]) of all infringements. There is, therefore, a long tail of casual, low level or infrequent infringers."
Ofcom found other groups of people who were happy to admit to downloading media content. Films are the most popular and some users are downloading as much as one movie a day.
"The research demonstrated the clear demand for online access to copyright material, with well over half (58 [percent]) of internet users downloading or streaming at least one item of content during the year," added the report.
"However, infringement was a minority activity; we estimate that 17 [percent] of internet users consumed at least one item of infringing content, which equates to around a third (29 [percent]) of all consumers of online content."
So-called 'pirating' punters expressed a reluctance to pay for content because they thought it was too expensive. A portion said that they indulged because it was easy, while the most prolific among them said that they thought they spent enough on media already.
A quarter of respondents said that they would probably stop if they thought that they would be sued. µ
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