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New Report Says Music Piracy On The Rise With 17 Million Stream-Rippers In 2018

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri May 31, 2019 12:26 am

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Findings from market research firm MusicWatch’s Annual Music Study show that there were 17 million stream-rippers in the U.S. last year. That number is up 2 million from the 15 million stream-rippers reported in 2017.

For those unacquainted with the term “stream-ripping,” it refers to the type of music piracy where users transform a file from a streaming site like YouTube or Spotify into a downloadable copy.

In the age of streaming, the reasoning behind music piracy has adapted to technological changes, diverging from the Napster era. Although some streaming services like Spotify have a free tier, piracy enables users to access songs offline. An estimated 46% of stream-rippers pirate music for that reason, while 37% simply want to own songs they don’t like enough to buy.

“Streaming, and easy, efficient access to music was supposed to have solved many of the issues around unsanctioned sharing and piracy,” the report said. “Unfortunately a segment of music fans continue to acquire music in unsanctioned forms. Legacy forms of piracy through P2P file sharing applications has faded, but the use of websites and apps that facilitate the downloading of music licensed only for streaming is thriving.”

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