83% of All Music, Film & TV Piracy Is Motivated by a Lack of Paid Options

According to research group Muso, most people know that piracy is wrong, but do it anyway.

Want to know the reason why people pirate media content?  Because they can’t find any legal alternatives.  That’s according to a new study published by British anti-piracy firm, Muso.

Apparently, this is a bigger problem than the industry thinks.  The group previously found that piracy rose 1.6% around the world in 2017.

Surveying 1,000 UK adults CitizenMe, an app that rewards users for completing surveys, Muso found that 60% admitted to illegally downloading or streaming music, film, and TV programs.  Of those, a whopping 83% they had tried to find the content on existing streaming services before pirating.

Of course, these are self-reported surveys, which can lead to serious inaccuracies.  That’s especially true when it comes to piracy, given that the activity being self-reported is illegal.  Still, a very large percentage admitted to piracy.

53% felt that accessing content illegally is wrong, but did it anyway.  But, why?


35.2% respondents cited a cost barrier as the reason behind illegal downloads and content streaming.  Basically, they can’t afford to download or stream music, movies, and TV series legally.

34.9% claimed they couldn’t find their preferred media content on existing subscription services or channels.  34.7% said that companies simply hadn’t made the content available where they live.  They had only pirated media content to circumvent that problem.

Speaking on the study’s surprising results, Paul Briley, CCO Muso, said,

In fact, the survey’s next findings support his hypothesis.

A whopping 86% all respondents have already subscribed to a streaming service, including Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch their favorite movies and TV shows.  To stream their favorite music, a large percentage had an existing subscription to Spotify Premium or Apple Music.  Among admitted ‘pirates,’ the number jumped to 91%.

The study underscores one key fact.  The growing availability streaming services – whether music, film, or television – has yet to eliminate existing piracy habits.  In fact, music and media companies may never completely eradicate piracy.

Briley continued,

So, how can music and media companies fix this problem in the long run?  According to Bailey, they should make an effort to engage with their existing audience.


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The Index: The Best Shows On TV Right Now

I watch a lot TV, I binge, I live tweet, and I recommend. So while everyone loves shows like Lost, The Wire, and Breaking Bad what about shows that are on television now? Well here are the 10 shows that I believe are the best shows on TV today. Check them out.

10.The Chi – Showtime

9. Seven Seconds – Netflix

8. Sneaky Pete – Prime Video

7. Scandal – ABC/Netflix/Hulu

6. How To Get Away With Murder – ABC/Netflix/Hulu

5. This Is Us – NBC

4. Power – Starz

3. Empire – FOX

2. The Walking Dead – AMC/Netflix

1. Game Of Thrones – HBO/HBO GO

Netflix April Additions: "Bad Boys," "Scarface" & More (See Full List)

2018 is flying by.

The year will be a quarter the way through come April, and if that makes you cringe, Netflix has just the remedy. The streaming service has released their April lineup, which includes a number classic films and children’s titles. Although several fan favorites such as Ace Ventura, Shawshank Redemption, Tim Burton’s Batman, Apollo 13, Cool Runnings, and The Pursuit Happyness will be leaving Netflix, they are being replaced with a stellar list films.

For gangster movie fans, the classic Scarface will be coming to Netflix in April. Popular throwbacks such as Friday Night Lights, Seven, Sin City, Mortal Kombat, and the first Bad Boys film will also be added. If you’re looking for something the family can enjoy together, Netflix will be adding The Iron Giant, The Flintstones, Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and Disney’s Pirates the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, among other child-friendly entries.

A Netflix Stand up special by Kevin James and the all-time favorite Bill Nye: Science Guy will also appear in your April Netflix catalog.

Check out the list all the titles coming to Netflix in April below.

April 1
A Sort Family
Along Came Polly
Bad Boys
Battlefield Earth
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Big Time
Body Lies
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
Cats & Dogs
Cold Mountain
Dare to Be Wild
Deep Blue Sea
Fish People
Friday Night Lights
Jackass 2.5
Life Is Beautiful
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Mortal Kombat
Nancy Drew
Disney’s Pirates the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Sin City
Speed Racer
Terminator 3: Rise the Machines
The Duchess
The Family Man
The Flintstones
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
The Iron Giant
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Streaming every Sunday)
The Lost Boys
The Queen the Damned
The Spy Next Door
Wakfu: Season 3

April 2
La Piloto: Season 1

April 3
Fary Is the New Black

April 5
Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall
Despicable Me 3

April 6
6 Balloons
Fastest Car: Season 1
Money Heist: Part 2
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: JAY-Z
Orbiter 9
Ram Dass, Going Home
Sun Dogs
The 4th Company
The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 1
Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente
Troy: Fall a City: Season 1

April 7
24 Hours to Live

April 9
AMO: Season 1

April 10
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

April 12

April 13
Chef’s Table: Pastry
Come Sunday
I Am Not An Easy Man
Lost in Space: Season 1
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 2

April 15
Lakeview Terrace
Seven Pounds

April 17
The Chalet: Season 1
The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection

April 18
Friend Request

April 19
Charité: Season 1
Chasing The Dragon

April 20
Aggretsuko: Season 1
Dope: Season 2
Mercury 13
Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 1

April 21
The Letdown: Season 1

April 24
Call the Midwife: Series 6: “Christmas Special 2017”
Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up

April 25
Bill Nye: Science Guy

April 27
3%: Season 2
Bobby Kennedy for President
Candy Jar
Holy Goalie
The Man Who Knew Infinity
The New Legends Monkey: Season 1
The Week Of

Coming in April
Jane The Virgin: Season 4
Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity