The EUIPO recently published its “Online Copyright Infringement in the European Union” report, which is based on data on access to pirated music, film and TV programmes in all 28 Member States for the period January 2017 to September 2018.
The report examines consumption of copyright-infringing content, using a variety of desktop and mobile access methods, including streaming, downloading, torrents and ripping software.
Results indicate that digital piracy is declining. Between 2017 and 2018, overall access to pirated content declined by 15%. The decline was most pronounced in music, at 32%, followed by film (19%) and TV (8%). However, piracy remains a significant problem. The average internet user in the EU accessed pirated content 9.7 times per month in 2018, ranging from almost 26 times per month in Latvia and Lithuania to less than 4 times per month in Finland.