Visits to stream ripping piracy sites declined 33.86 percent in the last half of the year, compared to the six months prior.
Music piracy in 2017 grew 14.7 percent over the year prior, with 73.9 billion visits to music piracy sites worldwide, according to piracy data insight tracker MUSO’s 2017 Global Piracy Report. The study, which was first reported by TorrentFreak and takes into account piracy across music, TV, film, publishing and software sites, found that overall there were 300.2 billion visits to piracy sites last year, up 1.6 percent from 2016 when accounting for each sector.
Individually, music was the second-most-visited category, behind TV’s 106.9 billion site visits and ahead of film, at 53.2 billion visits. Across all categories, the U.S. led the way in pirate site visits with 27.9 billion, followed (in order) by Russia (20.6 billion), India (17 billion), Brazil (12.7 billion) and Turkey (11.9 billion).
Within the music category’s 73.9 billion visits, MUSO’s data separates sites into five different distinctions: web streaming sites (30.5 billion); web download sites (21.2 billion); streaming ripping sites (15.7 billion); public torrent sites (6 billion) and private torrent sites (500 million). Notably, music piracy is heavily skewed toward mobile users: 87.13 percent of those visits overall were accessed via mobile, compared to just 52 percent for TV piracy.