Music Piracy Still Prevalent in the Age of Streaming
Over the past few years, the rise of streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora has breathed new life into the music industry and changed the way people listen to their favorite tunes. Unfortunately, it has also brought about a new way of listening to music illegally. According to IFPI, so-called stream ripping (illegally saving music while streaming it) is now the most prevalent form of music piracy. While 35 percent of the internet users polled across 13 countries admitted to having accessed copyright-infringing music over the past 6 month, 30 percent did so by ripping streamed music.
In the past, illegally downloading music from Torrent websites or other online exchanges was the most common form of music piracy. However, now that a lot of music is available on YouTube or similar platforms, all it takes is a small tool to rip and save the song you are looking for. It may seem less shady than rummaging through the malware-infected back alleys of the internet, but it is just as illegal in the end.
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- Share of music buyers who pirate music in the U.S. 2015Share of music buyers who pirate music in the U.S. 2015
- Illegal digital music consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012-2016Illegal digital music consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012-2016
- LP album sales in the U.S. 1993-2016LP album sales in the U.S. 1993-2016
- Music industry revenues from copyright royalties in Norway 2012-2015 Music industry revenues from copyright royalties in Norway 2012-2015
- Legal and illegal split of digital content consumed in the UK 2016, by typeLegal and illegal split of digital content consumed in the UK 2016, by type
- Survey on illegal download activity of music, films and games in Finland 2008-2015Survey on illegal download activity of music, films and games in Finland 2008-2015
- Number of infringing URLs requested to be removed from Google Search 2016Number of infringing URLs requested to be removed from Google Search 2016
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