Music Industry

Why do people pirate music, movies and TV?

Even though finding legal entertainment easier and cheaper than ever before, people still steal music, movies and TV shows. In fact, visits to illegal file-sharing sites were up 1.6% in 2017. Why?

A new survey of 1,000 people in the UK found the following self-reported stats.

  • 35% steal because the legal content is too expensive.
  • 35% said that they have no choice because the material isn’t available in their area legally
  • 53% of respondents steal stuff even though they know it’s wrong.
  • 83% say they try to find legal material first.
  • 91% of those in the survey who say they steal also have a subscription to a legal service like Spotify or Netflix.

More analysis can be found at Variety.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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