Survey: One-Third of Broadband Users Pirate
According to one survey, a very large minority of broadband users is pirating copyrighted media.
Researchers at Ovum recently conducted a survey of broadband subscribers. All those polled confirmed that they owned a television, and were then questioned about their video downloading habits. According to TorrentFreak, one in every three surveyed admitted to watching illegally downloaded movies and video.
While the numbers should have Pirate Bay fans clapping, there is a (very thin) silver lining for the movie industry. Of those who admitted to illegally downloading video, only 4 percent said they did it on any sort of regular basis, which ends up representing roughly 12 percent of all surveyed. With that in mind, two-thirds of all those surveyed to not see piracy as a moral issue, a major platform for the movie studios and record companies.
It's also noteworthy that the survey had no questions regarding music and software piracy, the number of broadband subscribers who illegally download media in general is probably much higher than one-third.
In other piracy news, the Pirate Bay released a "tracker map" today. Using Google software, the map (seen here), shows which countries are connecting to the popular torrent tracker. Currently, China has the lead, representing somewhere between 29 and 30 percent of all connections. The United States represents roughly eight percent. Currently under fire from the EU, the Pirate Bay's map shows that its reach is definitely worldwide.