Thanks to the rise in popularity of streaming services, the rate of online piracy is reducing in Australia.
The 2019 consumer survey on online copyright infringement shows that the number of Australians consuming pirated movies, television shows, music and video games is at its lowest level in 5 years.
Given an increase in connectivity, thanks to the rollout of the NBN reaching more homes, streaming is now a viable options for millions of households in Australia. There’s also more content available through IPTV services and more services to choose from than ever in 2019.
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, welcomed the significant decrease in the consumption of pirated content and said it was in part due to the rising popularity of subscription entertainment services – such as Netflix, Spotify, Stan and Disney+ – and the rollout of ubiquitous high-speed broadband via the National Broadband Network.
The Online Copyright Infringement Survey 2019, commissioned by the Department of Communications and the Arts, found that 80% of survey respondents download, stream or share online content (lawfully and unlawfully), up from 78% in 2018. Streaming was the preferred method of consumption for music, movies and TV programs.
“As internet speeds increase and more Australians connect to the National Broadband Network, online entertainment is becoming a bigger part of people’s lives.
It is pleasing to see Australians increasingly turn to legitimately-sourced content. It is widely accessible and reasonably priced, which supports the continued growth and success of our creative industries.”Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP
The survey had 2,463 responses from Australians aged over 12 recorded their online usage across the categories of TV programs, movies, music, live sport, video games, e-books and PC software.
The number of respondents who reported consuming infringing online content halved, from 32% of respondents in 2018 to 16% in 2019.
Given the simplicity and high quality video content (often now in 4K), it’s not entirely surprising to see this drop in piracy. Solving the availability of content, ensuring the price is right and the connectivity available, was always going to be the answer to this problem, rather than trying to fine pirates out of existence.
The survey is available at: http://www.communications.gov.au/documents/consumer-survey-online-copyright-infringement-2019