We Brits are a bunch of pirates… illegal downloaders, that is

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dvd.jpgWith the Government planning to get tough on people who illegally download content from the Internet, a lot of Brits could be in trouble according to a recent survey by MoneySupermarket.com.

Nearly one in five have admitted to downloading illegally from the Internet, while nearly half say they’ve bought illegal discs, and two in ten have offered someone else a pirate disc.

12% of those surveyed were confused as to what exactly constitutes piracy.

Rob Barnes, head of broadband and mobiles at moneysupermarket.com, said: “The results show Britain has quite a relaxed attitude towards downloading, buying copied DVDs or giving an illegal disc to someone else. Whilst nearly one in five openly admit to downloading illegally, in reality this figure is probably a lot higher as many would be wary of owning up to pirating.

“The Government is trying to prevent this growing problem, but its clear people are not always aware they have infringed on copyright law. Perhaps they should focus on educating people on the penalties of copyright, as well as what actually constitutes piracy.”

Best be careful, lest you’re forced back to reading books.

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Andy Merrett

One thought on “We Brits are a bunch of pirates… illegal downloaders, that is

  • ..we in the UK have been ‘robbed’ for so many years in ‘Ripooff-Britain” and seen music and record company executives grow filthy rich taking excessive profits that when there’s a chance for a ‘freeby’ we jump while the going’s good… If prices for CD’s and DVD’s had been fair in the first place we’d all be playing and paying !

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