Piracy is such a huge problem that several industries reported record revenues last year.
TorrentFreak brings us news of a new global piracy report from Muso that shows record high levels of piracy:
A broad and detailed report from piracy tracking outfit MUSO shows that visits to pirate sites went up last year. The company recorded more than 300 billion visits in 2017, which suggests that "piracy is more popular than ever." TV remained the most popular category and most pirates prefer streaming over torrents or direct downloading.
Despite the growing availability of legal options, online piracy remains rampant. Every day pirate sites are visited hundreds of millions of times. Piracy tracking outfit MUSO has documented the piracy landscape with data from tens of thousands of the largest global piracy sites.
In its latest report, the company recorded more than 300 billion visits to pirate sites last year alone. This is an increase of 1.6 percent compared to 2016. More than half of all these visits (53%) are going to streaming sites, making that the most popular piracy tool. Torrent sites and direct download portals still have a significant user base, but follow at a respectable distance.
Most of the pirate visits came from the United States, followed by India and Brazil. Despite the various pirate site blockades, the UK also secured a spot in the top ten, ranked at the bottom with nine billion visits.
What's especially interesting about this report is that the piracy apparently had no impact on music industry revenues or movie ticket sales. The US music industry reported record revenues last year, and Deadline Hollywood says box office sales were at an all time in 2017.
These and other details about the apparently limited impact of piracy are why it is worth noting that Muso sells anti-piracy services.
Gee, I wonder if they might have a financial incentive to exaggerate the problem.