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2019 online copyright research released

Our latest research shows the consumption of online content continues to grow and online copyright infringement continues to trend down.

This year more than 2400 responses were received, showing that Australians are downloading, streaming and sharing more content than ever before across digital music, video games, movies and TV programs.

The year 's results show that:

  • consumer confidence has grown in knowing what 's lawful and unlawful content online, and the number of respondents who consume unlawful content has decreased significantly since 2015
  • consumers are less motivated in accessing unlawful content than they were in 2015, however the inability to afford lawful content remains a barrier
  • Australian consumers are also now less likely to illegally access content that is not yet available to them at the same time as the rest of the world
  • when encountering a blocked site with illegal content, a majority of consumers did not continue to try and access content
  • Subscriptions to online streaming providers, like Netflix, have become the dominant means of accessing digital content for TV programs and movies.

For the first time, the survey captures consumer behaviour about accessing live sport and also podcasts, with 16% of respondents streaming podcasts and 8% downloading in 2019.

The survey also found that 54 per cent of infringers were male. Infringers were most likely to be aged between 25–34 (22 per cent), 35–44 (20 per cent), 16–24 and 45–54 (18 per cent each). Both the 12–15 age bracket and 55 years and older were 11 per cent each.

The online copyright infringement survey was first conducted in 2015 and in 2019 was conducted by Indigenous Professional Services on behalf of the department.

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