High prices turn Aussies into pirates
AUSTRALIANS download pirated movies and music at almost twice the rate of the British, and they blame the high costs of legal purchases.
Research has found about half the people who watched films in the past three months breached copyright laws.
The study, commissioned by the Australian and British governments, has put rights holders on notice to make content cheaper and more available, and change Australian release dates to match the US and Europe.
The study found almost half of Aus- tralians who consumed digital content – downloading movies, TV shows, games or music – did so illegally.
By comparison only one fifth of UK consumers breached copyright laws.
The Australian survey of 2630 online consumers found 39 per cent would stop unlawfully downloading content if it was cheaper to buy.
Around 38 per cent would stop downloading if the product was more readily available, and 36 per cent said they would stop if Australian release dates matched other countries.