New research suggests better legal services and reform are needed to fight piracy

July 2014

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A group at Lund University in Sweden have produced new research based on a survey  that had responses from around 4,000 individuals and which  suggest that the number of active file-sharers has dropped in the past two years. Those who share files daily or almost daily has decreased from 32.8 percent in 2012 to 29 percent in 2014. According to the head of the research group, this is why the numbers are dropping with the report saying “If you listen to what young people themselves are saying, it is new and better legal services that have caused the decrease in file-sharing, rather than respect for the law. There has been a trend where alternative legal solutions such as Spotify and Netflix are changing consumption patterns among young people.” Interestingly the report shows that same four-year period, the percentage of young people who said they believe that people should not share files because it is illegal dropped from 24 percent to 16.9 percent. So, even while young people are sharing files less often, their acceptance of the standards presented by the law appears to be dropping too “In other words, we need not only more good-quality services, but also copyright reform to bring the law into line with today’s views.”

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