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Now here's a surprise: Government survey finds consuming illegal content is rampant

Mike Gee | July 23, 2015
Concludes a range of measures are needed to properly tackle the problem.

Stanton noted that only 21 per cent of infringers said they would be encouraged to stop infringing if they received a letter from their ISP saying their account would be suspended.

"These results suggest that while there is a role for a copyright notice scheme Code in Australia to assist in fighting infringement, more work needs to be done to make legal content more affordable and more available, to combat the root causes of infringing activity." he said.

"It is interesting that almost three-quarters of those Internet users who consumed content illegally were also accessing content legally -- they were apparently not just looking exclusively for a 'free ride', but also were chasing the convenience that comes with ready availability of content."

The Australian survey was commissioned by the Department of Communications and was undertaken by Taylor Nelson Sofries (TNS) Australia.

It was conducted between March 25 and April 13, 2015, with Australian consumers of digital content aged 12 and over, through a mix of online and phone interviews. The Australian survey was tailored to measure online copyright infringement across four core content types: movies, music, television programmes and video games. The UK surveyed six content types, which also included PC software and e-books.


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