The Government has released the results of the 2016 online copyright infringement survey, which show an overall decrease in the level of infringement in the past year largely due to the increase in the availability of online streaming.

18 November 2016

A fall in the proportion of Australian internet users accessing unlawful content online and a rise in the uptake of streaming services are the key findings of the 2016 online copyright infringement survey.

The results of Australia’s second survey of online copyright infringement, showed that 23 per cent of Australian internet users were accessing unlawful online content. This is down from 26 per cent in 2015, when the survey was first conducted.

The results determine that the pricing and availability of online copyright content, such as streaming services, has led to a reduction in infringement.

 movies 34 to 38 per cent; music 34 to 33 per cent; TV programmes 25 to 29 per cent; and video games 13 to 12 per cent.

TNS Australia conducted the survey on behalf of the Department of Communications and the Arts between January and March 2016, with over 2,400 people taking part.

The survey is designed to understand the types of copyright material that is being infringed across four key types of online content: music, movies, video games and TV programs. It also seeks to understand attitudes that drive copyright infringement behaviour.

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The purpose of the survey is to compare the results with those of the 2015 online infringement survey, also undertaken by TNS and released in 22 July 2015. Read the results of the 2015 survey here.