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Music piracy by internet users and Gen Z consumers worldwide 2019, by method

According to a global study held in 2019, 23 percent of respondents aged between 16 and 64 years old got their music via stream ripping. Stream ripping is the most common form of online music copyright infringement and involves creating a file from online content which is then downloadable, and 34 percent of Gen Z internet users admitting to using this method to access music illegally. Copyright infringement was also a more common practice among Gen Z consumers than total internet user, with 38 percent getting their music this way compared to 27 percent of the total sample.

Share of Gen Z vs. total internet users who access music through copyright infringement or stream ripping worldwide as of May 2019

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

April to May 2019

Number of respondents

34,000 total respondents

Age group

16 to 64 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Countries surveyed include: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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