While the EU has been struggling to update its piracy laws, a recent report by consultancy firm Ernst & Young has shown that piracy in France is dropping: the number of people engaging in consuming pirated content – either by downloading or streaming – dropped by 8%, while consumption of pirated content in general also dropped 4%.
Paid Streaming Services Playing a Big Role
The report notes that even the so-called remaining ‘pirates’ are becoming more prone to paying for access to content: over a year, the number of pirates without a video on demand subscription dropped by nearly 30%.
This doesn’t mean that these pirates have gone completely legit it must be noted, it just means that they pirate as well as pay for content.
Pirates are also more willing to go legal: 22% of pirates are willing to switch to paying for content if the content were available to them. That number rose from 10% from the previous year.
But 40% expressed that they find the fees for accessing content legally is still too high, particularly sports content, where the ratio rose to 53%.
The Price is Still Heavy
The report also revealed that piracy cost the film and audiovisual sector in France $1.18 billion in 2017. That number was however 10% less than the previous year
The movie industry is hardest hit by piracy, with 94% of respondents admitting that they stream or download films illegally.
Finally, the report notes that 83% of those that have changed their piracy ways did it due to what they saw as risks; 70% of those cited cyber risks associated with access pirated content platforms as their reason for changing their habits.
You can view the report here.
The Legal Situation
France has been particularly active in trying to ban pirated content. Individuals caught sharing torrents ran the risk of losing their internet connection.
And as the popularity of P2P file sharing drops against pirated streaming sites, the country is seeking to institute national streaming site blacklist.