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EU piracy falls by 15 per cent

Still €1 billion collected by illegal IPTV providers in the EU each year

Piracy decreased by 15 per cent across the EU from 2017 to 2018, according to the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

The study showed that consumption of pirated films fell by 19.2 per cent and pirated TV by 7.7 per cent across the same period.

However, the average internet user in the EU accessed online pirated content 9.7 times per month, resulting in €1 billion still collected by illegal IPTV providers in the EU each year.

EUIPO executive director Christian Archambeau said: “Copyright-intensive industries, including film, television and music, support over 11 million jobs in the EU, and piracy, with the associated loss of revenue it brings, represents a direct threat to those industries.

“Despite the downturn in pirated consumption shown in our study, there is still much work to do to tackle this problem, and we hope these findings will help decision makers as they develop policies and solutions.”