Use of peer-to-peer services to consume or share digital content in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 to 2018, by legality group*

Peer-to-peer services usage to consume or share digital content in the UK 2012-2018 This statistic illustrates the usage of peer-to-peer content sharing services in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 and 2018, broken down by legality group. Among infringers, 19 percent reported using any peer-to-peer services as of May 2018.
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100% legal (non-infringers)Any illegal (infringers)
August to October 20126%35%
November 2012 to January 20136%35%
March to May 20136%32%
March to May 20156%26%
March to May 20166%23%
March to May 20177%24%
March to May 20187%19%
100% legal (non-infringers)Any illegal (infringers)
August to October 20126%35%
November 2012 to January 20136%35%
March to May 20136%32%
March to May 20156%26%
March to May 20166%23%
March to May 20177%24%
March to May 20187%19%
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This statistic illustrates the usage of peer-to-peer content sharing services in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 and 2018, broken down by legality group. Among infringers, 19 percent reported using any peer-to-peer services as of May 2018.
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Release date
July 2018
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
August 2012 to May 2018
Number of respondents
2,142**
Age group
12 years and older
Special properties
those who had downloaded, streamed/accessed or shared any of the six content types in the past three months***
Supplementary notes
* Peer-to-peer services include: Bittorrent software, uTorrent, Pirate Bay, Isohunt, Limewire, eDonkey/eMule, Gnutella, KickAssTorrents, Torrentz, and Sopcast.
** Base of most recent survey wave (Wave 8). Base varied by wave: n (W2) = 2,062; n (W3) = 2,206; n (W4) = 2,034; n (W5) = 1,171; n (W6) = 2,284; n (W7) = 2,254.
*** Content types included: music, e-books, video games, computer software, films and tv shows.
Online (CAWI) and face-to-face (CAPI) surveys were used.
Data for waves previous to Wave 8 published earlier by the source.

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