We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

50% of men never pay to download music & movies

16 to 24 year olds most knowledgeable about piracy

Nearly half of Brits never pay to download music, video or games, says Telindus.

Research by the network integration specialist revealed that 50 percent of men never pay for online content compared to 38 percent of women, even though 59 percent said they were aware of internet piracy laws.

Telindus also said that 60 percent of web users don't believe that musicians should profit from their singles and music videos being downloaded online.

Those in the 16-to-24-year-old age group proved to be the most knowledgeable when it comes to online piracy, with 57 percent revealing they know which websites to visit to illegally download content, compared to a third of 25 to 34 year olds.

Telindus revealed Brits were confused about copyright, with 25 percent of those surveyed believing that they still owned the rights to the content they post on sites such as Facebook, YouTube and MySpace.

One in five web users believe that once content is posted online, no-one has ownership rights to it as its in the public domain, while 37 percent admitted they had no idea who owned the copyright to online content.

Mark Hutchinson, managing director of Telindus, said: "We live in a digital age where people have grown accustomed to receiving something for nothing and, as a result, online piracy has exploded".

"Content providers and ISPs need to work together to develop a structure that ensures that the creators don't miss out on revenues due to piracy and ISPs get rewarded for providing the extra bandwidth and experience required. Most importantly, the right holders and ISPs need to deliver an end user experience that consumers will be demanding and, ultimately, willing to pay for."

Download FREE whitepapers:

Ten tips on security

Make sure your network is secure

PC security advice

Take part in PC Advisor's Broadband Survey 2009

See also: Illegal file-sharing between teens falls


IDG UK Sites

iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2 comparison: New iPad mini 3 isn't worth £80 more

IDG UK Sites

Why you shouldn't buy the iPad mini 3: No wonder Apple gave it 10 seconds of stage time

IDG UK Sites

View an animated vision of a better future for Ethiopian girls

IDG UK Sites

Should I upgrade from Mavericks to OS X 10.10 Yosemite? What you need to know before updating to...