84% of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country.
Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trends commissioned by a coalition of music, movie, publishing and videogame companies. The April 9 report, which concluded that more that half of all Internet users in Spain download content illegally, is the latest fuel in the fiery debate over intellectual property legislation in the piracy-plagued country.
Music was downloaded more than any other type of content. While the amount, 1.974 million downloads, decreased slightly from 2012’s 2.118 million, illegal downloads represented a loss of some 6 million euros for the industry, according to the report, titled “Observatory of Privacy and Digital Content Consumer Habits for 2013.”
Twenty-eight percent of Internet users surveyed said they pirate music on a regular basis. Over 50% of that illegally downloaded music consists of recently released singles and albums. Although more users -- over 40% -- habitually download movies illegally, the amount of music downloaded was more than double the amount of movies watched for free.
According to IFPI’s latest global report, piracy in Spain particularly hurts Spanish music artists, since 60% of albums in the Top Ten are by national acts.
The new report’s negative findings coincided with IFPI and other industry studies equating piracy with Spain’s spiraling music market.
“Between 2001 and today the money Spaniards spend annually buying recorded music has reduced by 80 percent,” Antonio Guiasola, president of Promusicae, the Spanish music producers’ association and representative of IFPI in Spain, wrote in its most recent annual report. “This reality is largely explained by the general perception existing in Spain that audio-visual content online should be free of charge.”