Online piracy is on the rise again and the United States is in the lead as cited by the Motion Picture Association (MPA). At least $29 billion in revenue is lost each year due to online piracy as well as 230,000 to 560,000 Jobs Lost.
“In 2020, there were an estimated 137.2 billion visits to film and TV piracy sites globally, which cost the U.S. economy at least $29.2 billion in lost revenue each year. Specifically, piracy has been estimated to reduce employment in our industry between 230,000 and 560,000 jobs,” MPA writes, citing external research.
Visits to online piracy sites rising
The number of visits to piracy sites has increased by more than 20%. This rapid increase comes after the covid lockdowns are over. During the first 8 months of 2022, 141.7 Billion people have visited online piracy sites. Out of this 141.7 Billion visits TV-related content and film piracy has increased most as given below.
- TV-related content 47%
- The publishing category 28%
- Film 12%
- Music 7%
- Software 6%
We are seeing that TV-related content piracy is now being dominated by streaming piracy, which consists of 95% of the traffic in this category.
Streaming sites are also contributing to film piracy with 55% visits. Download sites are close (45%) to it as well.
Online piracy by countries
The United States of America still remains the country with most pirated site visits. Russia, India and China being 3 of the biggest countries of the world, takes 2nd, 3rd and 4th place.
This isn’t that surprising considering the top countries in the chart have the most population in the world with access to the internet.
Reasons for increase in Online Piracy
Online piracy has been on the rise since the pandemic. The last two year have seen the rise of different streaming services as well as higher prices. A single household isn’t expected to have 7 to 8 streaming services at the same time.
Video piracy is thus increasing daily in the world and the different streaming services are actually making it more attractive.
Onsist helps to save your revenue
One of the best ways to counter Online Piracy is to enlist the help of Online Anti-Piracy agencies such as Onsist. Onsist has been battling online piracy for the last decade.
‘Stop Losing Your Revenue to Piracy’ has always been the motto of Onsist, using advanced automated tools to report and takedown illegal online videos such as popular movies or tv series, helping streamers to go back to the source of the contents.
The vision of Onsist has always been to protect brands from all over the world against online theft and piracy. Onsist wants people not to fear losing their content to pirates, counterfeiters and other digital threats.
Onsist finds and removes illegal copies of your content and protects your revenue with anti-piracy protection.
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- Monitoring Engines
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- Send Out Notices
Illegal content is reported to the infringing sites
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