Music stream-ripping rockets in UK

Lawrence Kim
July 8, 2017

A quarter of the people who use stream-ripping believed the sites had the necessary rights and permissions to allow them to download and rip content; and one in five said they felt they were not doing anything illegal.

The report showed that 15% of internet users in the United Kingdom are either infringing copyright through streaming or illegal downloads, with pirated TV material primarily accessed through Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%).

Again, since the report hasn't yet been published, there are now no additional details to be examined.

Approximately seven million United Kingdom internet users are accessing some illegal content, a new study has suggested, with fully loaded IPTV boxes and stream ripping among the popular means.

In line with previous research, YouTube was revealed as the number one source for illegal stream-ripping, with YouTube Downloader the most commonly used download app (76 percent), followed by YouTube MP3 Music Downloader (70 percent).

"In a survey of over 9000 people, 57% of United Kingdom adults claimed to be aware of stream-ripping services". The demographic most likely to use stream-ripping websites are males in the 16-34 age bracket, a lot of them of the ABC1 social grade.

A new report from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has highlighted how pre-loaded IPTV boxes, including so-called 'Kodi boxes', have halted a steady decline in piracy rates across the UK. The music licensing outfit claims that nearly 70% of music-specific infringement is accounted for by stream-ripping.

YouTube-MP3.org, which was served with a copyright lawsuit in California federal court last fall, backed by the three majors and IFPI, was by far the most popular stream-ripping site, accounting for 66 percent of United Kingdom stream-ripping.

The survey, carried out by INCOPRO and Kantar Media, looked at 80 stream-ripping services, which included apps, websites, browser plug-ins and other stand-alone software.

The most popular reason given for stream-ripping was that the music was already owned by the user in another format (31 percent), followed by offline and portable access (around 26 percent).

Commenting on the research, PRS CEO Robert Ashcroft said: "We hope that this research will provide the basis for a renewed and re-focused commitment to tackling online copyright infringement". "The long term health of the U.K.'s cultural and creative sectors is in everyone's best interests, including those of the digital service providers, and a co-ordinated industry and government approach to tackling stream ripping is essential", he went on to say.

While the popularity of TV and film streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video previously put a huge dent in piracy rates, their success has seemingly paved the way for a slew of legally-grey alternatives. "There has never been more choice or flexibility for consumers of TV and music, however illicit streaming devices and stream-ripping are threatening this progress".

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