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Another report finds that music piracy continues to decline


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2021 ended with a report from the European Union tracking the ongoing decline of online music piracy. 2022 is starting with another report, this time from the UK, offering a similar story.

Published by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), it’s the ’11th Wave’ of its long-term study of online copyright infringement, based on a survey of 5,000 internet users in the UK.

The percentage of people who have used an illegal source for music in the last three months has fallen from 18% in 2020 to 15% in 2021, according to the report. To be specific, 13% of respondents had used a mix of legal and illegal sources – down three percentage points year on year – while the percentage using only illegal sources remained flat at 2%.

The report also offers a useful stat on the music audience in the UK. 51% of respondents overall had engaged with music in the previous three months through streaming, downloads and/or buying physical music.


Written by: Stuart Dredge