High prices turn Aussies into pi­rates

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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