With the popularity of the internet and technology evolving rapidly, more and more people are consuming content online
Whether it’s from a mobile phone, tablet or smart TV, online digital consumption is increasing and becoming the default choice for accessing film, TV, music, books, software and games.
However, with this increase and demand comes piracy and as broadband speeds become faster and more affordable, businesses from across the creative industries are seeing more content being pirated and illegally accessed online.
Risks of pirate websites
Often pirate sites will feature advertising to help give the site a look of legitimacy but most importantly to the criminals behind them it generates lucrative revenue.
Pirate sites are online havens for theft, enabling criminals to profit from content or intellectual property they had nothing to do with creating. The potential harm from these rogue sites is profound. They have been found to expose visitors to child-inappropriate content, viruses, malware, fraud and scams.
Types of online piracy
There are many different types of websites that provide unlawful access to copyrighted content such as films, music, TV, games and software.