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Study Again Shows 'Pirates' Tend to Be The Biggest Buyers of Legal Content

•, Karl Bode

Over the years, users that dabble in obtaining copyrighted content via services like BitTorrent have routinely been maligned as irredeemable freeloaders by the entertainment industry, despite the fact that studies repeatedly show these users tend to be among the biggest purchasers of legitimate, legal content. 

A new report out of the UK once again deflates the common narrative that pirates are exclusively looking to obtain free stuff.

According to a paywalled survey of 1,000 UK residents by anti-piracy outfit MUSO first spotted by Torrent Freak, 60 percent of those surveyed admitted that they had illegally streamed or downloaded music, film, or TV shows sometime in the past. 

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