Australian digital content users pirate around two times as much as their UK brethren

A study, released by Australia’s Department of Communications, looked into how and why Australian chose to download content illegally.

The results: Aussies pirate more than the British. 43% of Australians surveyed who had consumed content online had pirated to some degree in the past three months, compared with 21% in the UK. Aussie copyright infringers were most likely to be males aged 16-34, much like their deported forefathers.

The report estimates one quarter of Australian Internet users over 12, about 5.2 million people, consumed some form of content illegally in the first three months of 2015. Movies were most likely to be pirated, followed by music, TV, and then video games.

The survey was conducted in March and April 2015, with 2,630 Australians aged 12 and over surveyed. The questions were modelled closely on a study being conducted by the UK government, which will be released Wednesday.

It didn’t take long for pay TV provider Foxtel Australia — an outspoken proponent of harsh anti-piracy laws — to claim, in an emailed statement, the UK’s lower piracy levels were the result of the country’s site blocking legislation, a version of which was introduced Down Under in June.

That movies are generally released about the same time in the UK as the U.S. while Australian release dates lag behind didn’t rate a mention. Nor did the “Australia tax” — the little extra in dollars and cents that technology and content companies often arbitrarily throw on top of Aussie digital purchases.

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Source: Mashable

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