Intellectual property crime is estimated to cost the UK economy at least £1.3 billion per year in lost profits and taxes (Intellectual Property Crime Report 2013/14) but it is difficult to give a precise figure on the scale.
Across the industry there are numerous reports looking into the scale of IP crime and so we have listed some of the headline reports and their findings below.
- 23% of people aged 16+ admit to accessing unauthorised film and TV content in the last year – Industry Trust, 2016
- 59% of UK internet users aged 12+ consumed at least one item of online content (legally or illegally) over the three-month period March-May 2016 – Online Copyright Infringement Tracker, IPO, 2016
- 25 % of young people used illegal sources intentionally to access digital content in the last 12 months – IP Youth Scoreboard, EU IPO
- The UK’s Creative Industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economyand support 1.8 million jobs – Department for Culture, Media & Sport
- The IP Crime Report 2015/16
- According to the IPSOS Mori report of 2011 into copyright theft in film, TV and video, the UK audiovisual industries are losing £500m a year due to copyright theft, equating to a total economic loss to the UK economy of £1.2bn.
- Ofcom’s High Volume Infringers Analysis Report, prepared by Kantar Media in 2013, found that 32% of all digital film consumed on the internet was accessed from illegal sources.
- A report by Oxford Economics commissioned by the BVA is the clearest statement yet of the importance of video entertainment and its role in maintaining the ecosystem that funds audio-visual content production.
- FDA data on films & cinema admissions.
- BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014: Compiled by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit, this Yearbook presents the most comprehensive picture of film in the UK and the performance of British films abroad during 2014.
- UK Cinema Association website contains facts and figures about UK cinema and the wider industry.
- Assessing the Academic Literature Regarding the Impact of Media Piracy on Sales – a “non‐technical” discussion of what the academic literatures in economics, marketing, and information systems can tell us about how piracy impacts sales of media products.