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Illegal digital media content consumption in the UK 2012-2019

According to a survey conducted in eight waves between August 2012 and March 2019, the share of internet users in the United Kingdom (UK) who had consumed content illegally online had remained relatively stable. Starting at 27 percent of respondents in 2015, this figure fell to 25 percent in 2016 and continued until 2019.

Have you consumed any type of digital media illegally in the past three months?*

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

August 2012 to March 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

12 years and older

Special properties

Internet users

Supplementary notes

* Base of most recent survey wave (Wave 9). Base varied by wave: n (W2) = 4,728; n (W3) = 4,708; n (W4) = 4,673; n(W5) = 4,552; n(W6) = 4,670; n (W7) = 4,573; n (W8) = 4,526.
Online and face-to-face surveys were used prior to 2019. In 2019 only an online survey was used.

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