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Legality of digital content consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) as of May 2019

This statistic presents information on the legality of digital content consumption on the United Kingdom (UK) as of March 2019, broken down by content type. During the survey, four percent of those who downloaded or streamed/accessed films online during the three months prior to the survey consumed entirely illegally.

Have you consumed the following type of digital content legally or illegally?

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

12 years and older

Special properties

all who have downloaded or streamed/accessed types of content in the past three months

Supplementary notes

* Base for 2019: those who have used an illegal source at least once in that category during the past 3 months with ‘'Download/access for free from the internet, without really being sure where it comes from” not counting as either legal or illegal and those who only selected this option not included in the base (music = 2,297, films = 1,922, TV programmes/series = 2,340, live sport = 650, video games = 1,033, software = 997, e-publications = 1,066).
The respondents were questioned using online (CAWI) and face-to-face surveys.
The source does not provide detailed information regarding the question. The chosen wording here might therefore differ slightly from the survey.

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