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80% of UK consumers access music and films content legally

Staff writer |
A new survey, published by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), highlights the latest UK trends in online streaming and downloading.

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There was an increase of more than 10% in take up of legal services since 2013; increase of 6% in online consumption, of both legal and illegal content; and 1 in 5 still access content illegally.

The survey highlighted 62% of internet users in the UK have downloaded or streamed music, TV shows, films, computer software, videogames or e-books. This is up from 56% in 2013.

The survey showed that there was a 10% increase in UK consumers accessing content through legal services. One in five consumers still access some content illegally.

The survey was published in parallel with research in Australia and shows that while British and Australian users consumed online media at similar rates, illegal downloading for UK consumers was half the rate of their Australian counterparts.

15.6 million UK internet users accessed music online. 12 million users streamed music and 10.5 million users downloaded music. 16-24 year-olds were the most active in music downloads
YouTube, Amazon and Spotify were the top platforms used for downloading and streaming with 54 percent of all music streaming and downloads were accessed via YouTube
26 percent of users have accessed content illegally

10 million UK internet users have accessed films online
Netflix, Amazon and YouTube were the top platforms for film downloads and streaming with Netflix responsible for 44 percent of all activity
25 percent of users accessed some content illegally

15 million UK internet users have accessed a TV programme online
BBC iPlayer, You Tube and ITV Player were the top platforms for accessing TV programmes online with BBC iPlayer responsible for 62 percent of activity
21 percent of users accessed some content illegally