70 Percent of All Music Piracy Happens Offline

The FBI can’t raid this problem, you can hardly track it!

In fact, most music fans would hardly call it piracy, yet offline sharing actually eclipses online sharing when it comes to the acquisition of music.

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The slide comes from an RIAA presentation leaked to Torrentfreak, with researcher NPD Group breaking out the categories.  And it shows that most swapping happens offline, with swapped hard drives and burning and ripping of others’ collections key culprits.  All of which is technically illegal, but a legal nuance to those doing it (go ask a non-industry friend to confirm this).

Specifically, if illegal trading accounts for 65 percent of all acquisition, than 46 of that 65 is coming from swapped drives and discs.  Which amounts to 70.7 percent of the illegal swapping pie.

And, P2P amounts for less than 25 percent (ie, 23 percent) of illegal acquisition.  And, that’s an amount that keeps shrinking, thanks partly to continued growth at Spotify, and more importantly, YouTube.  According to separate research presented on the Google channel, roughly 40 percent of all YouTube views come from music videos, a massive displacement against downloads.

17 Responses

  1. lifer

    …and how has this changed from the pre-Internet era?

    This chart would be much more valuable with some historical context vis a vis music piracy.

    But it IS a good start…

  2. MDTI

    Burning and ripping from others is not “piracy”.

    It is legal since the 80’s.

    It is the new methods and means that can be illegal, but here, it lacks details to be conclusive.

    This graph will be used by all torrent provider to show that they are only 1/3rd of the problem, and that there are more important issues to resolve before online piracy.

    Hence the need to details how the “offline piracy” has been made and what does it include.

    Seems another fake/hoax to me…..

    • American Hero

      I’m surprised you say this, because *handing* me a hard drive full of 1000’s of songs then *getting it back* is definitely not okay.

      Just like handing me a hard drive of 100’s of Apple and Microsoft programs is not okay.

      • mdti

        what do you mean “getting it back” ?

        I was talking about recording to cassette tape in the 70’s / 80’s.
        That is a re-recording with quality loss.
        It is not a “copy”.

        Digital allows to make digital copies ad infinitum, that’s the problem.

        I may have misexpressed myself.

        I was not saying, even about tapes, that it is right to resell them afterward in flea market (where I’ve been able to get hold of rarities live bootleg recordings and so on, to feed my fan-mania in that time, when I collected all vynils, bootlegs, pictures etc)…

  3. @cabreakingnews

    Imaginez l’utilité de la Hadopi… Des emplois fictifs !

    • mdti

      Ce n’est pas parceque tu n’est que dans 30% de l’activité illegale que tu passeras au travers…. Ca ne te fais pas 70% plus innocent, ça te fait simplement 30% plus coupable.

      It is not because you are part of the “30% only” of illegal copying activity that it entitles you to bypass any of the consequences.

      • mdti

        (translation continued)

        … it does not make you 70% less guilty, it makes you 30% more guilty 😉

        (and understand me, I am pro-choice: respect the musicians who are against illegal downloads/free download/streaming etc and respect the ones who are in favor. Simple.

  4. @fredburruet

    Musika gehiena saretik kanpo “piratatzen” omen da

  5. @mcelhearn

    Remember, kids, Home Taping is Killing Music!

  6. @juliomuniz

    Why is the industry still talking about music piracy?

  7. Visitor

    We need to put cameras in everyone’s house and monitor everything people do so we can stop this rampent music theft.

  8. AnAmusedGeek

    Given the largest category, “burning and ripping from others” is legal in the U.S. if it refers to copying CDs to blank ‘audio cd’s…

    (Which seems reasonable as there is a second category for drive swapping..)

    It really shouldn’t be called ‘Piracy’ ?