Earlier this year, research group MusicWatch shared data with Digital Music News that showed 53 million Americans actively pirating music content. But even more shocking was how they were doing it: instead of torrenting on the Pirate Bay, more and more piracy is now happening on YouTube via stream-ripping, with direct streaming piracy and storage lockers also mounting threats.
The music industry is blaming YouTube for not paying fairly on free, legal streams. But they seem to be ignoring a massive surge in YouTube-based stream-ripping, which grew more than 25% last year.
But that’s just the beginning: according to data shared this morning by Muso, a London-based firm that specializes in pirate audiences, mobile-based piracy surged 8 percent alone in the last year alone (more on that below). That’s just one part of a shift away from ‘traditional’ torrent sites, and heavy movement back to YouTube ripping and web-based MP3 download sites (often through mobile devices.
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