Pirate websites received 132 billion visits in 9 months

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MADRID, Jan. 26 (Portaltic/EP) –

The pirate websites got a total of 132 billion visits in the first nine months of last year 2021, with television, publishing, cinema, music and software as the most affected sectors.

This follows from the latest study published by the digital protection solution Akamai Technologies together with MUSO, which has analyzed the persistence of Internet piracy, a phenomenon that involves some losses of 25.8 billion euros a year in the United States aloneaccording to data from the Chamber of Commerce of this country.

Between January and September 2021, global piracy demand reached 3.7 billion unlicensed streaming and downloads. This figure has been measured according to visits to websites that offer access to movies and television programs, either directly through a browser or a mobile application, as well as ‘torrent’ downloads.

According to the study, 61.5 percent of consumers who have visited piracy sites accessed them directlywhile 28.6 percent actively searched for them.

“In many areas, piracy continues to grow, with an overall increase of 16 percent over the previous nine monthsMUSO Chief Technology Officer James Mason said in a statement.

Other data is also extracted from the Akamai report, such as the fact that the main pirated sectors were TV (64,000 million visits), the publishing industry (30 billion views, 9.03 views) and the movie theater (14,000 million visits in total).

In terms of visits per user according to the sector, the sites with pirated television content obtained an average of 20.01 visits per Internet user in 2021, followed by 9.03 visits per user to sites with editorial content and 4.31 to illegal movie pages.

The study has also analyzed which have been the most pirated movies and television series during 2021. Godzilla vs. Kong, Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Black Widow were the three most illegally accessed films.

As for TV series, the most popular on piracy websites in 2021 were Loki, WandaVision and Rick and Morty.

Behind are other sectors such as the music (10.8 billion visits in total) and the ‘software‘, which includes video games and current PC ‘software’ (8.9 billion total visits).

Piracy sites received an average of 3.21 visits per Internet user in 2021 to access music illegallycompared to 2.68 visits per user to pirate ‘software’.

Worldwide, U.S (13,500 million), Russia (7.2 billion), India (6,500 million), China (5.9 billion) and Brazil (4.5 billion) were the top five locations for piracy website visits over the past year.

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