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2021 online copyright infringement results released

The Government has released the results of the 2021 online copyright infringement survey.

The annual Consumer Survey on Online Copyright Infringement examines the levels of online content infringement by Australian internet users.

The 2021 survey results reveal that Australians continue to turn to lawful services to access online music, video games, live sport, movies and TV.

The results show that streaming services are the go-to for many Australians. Unlawful consumption has decreased since 2020 and remains well below 2015 levels.

Key findings of the report include:

  • Levels of consumption of lawful content increased (from 66% in 2020 to 69% in 2021).
  • Consumption of unlawful content decreased (from 34% in 2020 to 30% in 2021).
  • Website-blocking measures are having an effect. When encountering a blocked site with unlawful content 77% of respondents advised that they gave up or sought alternative, lawful access.
  • The most popular content consumed online in 2021 was TV programs (57%), movies/films (53%) and music (45%).
  • Overall, consumption across all 5 content types declined compared to 2020.

The 2021 survey was conducted in April 2021 and involved 2,392 respondents. The survey has been conducted annually since 2015.

Find out more

  • Consumer Survey on Online Copyright Infringement 2021 – Survey Findings Report PDF: 4539 KB
  • Consumer Survey on Online Copyright Infringement 2021 – Survey Findings Presentation PDF: 713 KB