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New report: Piracy in the EU

by Content Cafe — 20 September 2023

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has released its biannual report analysing piracy trends across the 27 EU Member States.

The report has revealed that digital piracy increased by 3.3% in 2022. Pirated TV shows, series, films, and manga publications are largely behind the increase.

Pirated TV content experienced a 15% increase in 2022. The most pirated genres are television shows and series and on-demand movies, followed by anime productions (series and films) and live streams of sports events and dedicated sports channels.

Despite a considerable decline during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, film piracy has slightly increased in 2021 and 2022. According to an earlier EUIPO title-level study, the majority of pirated films are Hollywood blockbusters.

According to the study, streaming has become the most popular method to access illicit TV content. 58% of piracy in the EU occurs via streaming and 32% through download.

The study examines the number of accesses to pirated films, TV, music, software and publications from January 2017 to December 2022, using a variety of desktop and mobile access methods, such as streaming, downloading, torrents and stream ripping software.

Find the full report here