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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Typical eBook Pirate

Typical eBook Pirate

Typical eBook Pirate

Added: Monday, March 20th, 2017
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
A recent survey, commissioned by anti-piracy company Digimarc, has revealed that people illegally downloading ebooks are normally aged between 30 and 44 and have a household income of $60,000-$99,000.

Previously, it was suggested that pirates were much younger and less wealthy, but the latest results show that 41% of all adult pirates fall into the category 18-29 years old, while 47% fall into the 30 to 44-year-old bracket. The remaining 12% are older than 45. The pirates’ income also comes as a surprise – while price for the books is often cited as a factor that justifies piracy, it now turns out that richer persons are generally more likely to download content for free: more than 1/3 of pirates claim to earn between $60k and $99k a year. Another 1/3 has income over $100k.

Most pirates are also well-educated: over 70% have either graduated from college or have post graduate degree. In other words, a typical e-book pirate is older wealthy person with a good education – similar to a typical ebook reader. They usually obtain their eBook fix from public torrent sites (including The Pirate Bay) and cyberlocker services like 4shared or Uploaded, as well as by swapping eBooks with friends via instant messaging, email, hosting services and even flash drives. Some even acquire eBooks from eBay.

As statistics shows, the majority of pirates can pay for content, which makes us believe that convenience becomes the number one driver for Internet users obtaining content from torrent sites. At the same time, many pirates still use legal resources to acquire ebooks: for example, Amazon and iTunes. 1/3 of readers go directly to the publishers’ own websites.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Monday, March 20th, 2017

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2017-03-20 16:03:17)
HEVC_please avatarRich people breaking the law and stealing stuff? How dare they suggest such a thing?

Oh.... yeah.... got it.

posted by (2017-03-20 20:51:47)
MikeBy avatarOld (50+), Well educated (MA), but unfortunately my income is closer to $6,000 than $60,000 a year.

posted by Turtle (2017-03-20 22:02:45)
Mike_Oxhard avatarI've said this before and I'll say it again.
My public library has an extensive eBook collection (and lots of DVDS too).
I pay taxes that support the library and I have a library card.
This gives me the right to view any content owned by the library.
Why should it be illegal for me to view the exact same same content on-line?
Should your network connection magically take away your right to view something that you already have every right to view?

posted by (2017-03-21 00:05:49)
thomcomstock avatarMy impression here is that the numbers tallied from the aforementioned survey seem far too conveniently close to the ideal that anti-piracy organizations might wish as a propaganda tool for use in promoting legislation that supports their bottom line in that piracy is not a tool of the young and the financially burdened (which might be sympathized with and forgiven), but of the affluent and as such is morally reprehensible and thus may be perceived as a greater crime.

As well, I think that the key phrase "claim to earn" supports my experience, albeit admittedly limited, that most pirates are indeed adolescents and young adults. Just as most children often emphasize that they are not only eight-years-old for example, but "eight-and-a-half" or "almost-nine", contemporary adolescent males in particular are notorious for seeking the respect and recognition that they so desperately want or feel they are owed, but have not in fact earned. The anonymity afforded online, particularly one so insular as that necessitated by piracy affords them the opportunity, whether during surveys or in communication between individuals to play this hand to its fullest extent by becoming the financially successful, highly-educated adults that they so vehemently aspire to be with little chance of certain discovery with its attendant embarrassment and shame.

Hence, the numbers that this survey proposes to be a close approximation to reality (59% older than 30 years; 66% with incomes greater than $60K per annum; over 70% as college graduates) are, I think, likely a combination of propaganda by both the anti-piracy industry itself and that used by boys to bolster each to their own respective agendas.

Either that or perhaps it is just that I delight in stringing pretty words together like so many logical baubles?

posted by (2017-03-21 02:32:10)
kromdom avatarOr some of us just enjoy sticking it to the corporations...

posted by Turtle (2017-03-21 02:36:18)
No avatarIf your a pirate, your a criminal.. If your a copyright troll, your a criminal.. If your a hacker, your a criminal.. If you work for the government, your a criminal... If your an honest citizen, your a sitting duck!

posted by (2017-03-21 05:00:47)
No avatarSounds about right. Free is always better

posted by Turtle (2017-03-21 17:29:07)
amalsk avatarLol.....! The point being? I like e-books and download them. What's the problem in that?

posted by (2017-03-21 20:11:17)
venetia avatarlol my yearly income is around the 15.000 including taxes....i wish i had that kind of income

posted by ET lover (2017-03-22 19:04:16)
SyKoTiK avatarI'm within their older range, educated and have many certifications in network engineering, and make just under their max range yearly (if you're only counting my individual annual income), but I don't download eBooks because it's more convenient... I do it because I don't want to spend money when I don't have to.

posted by Girl (2017-03-23 08:59:07)
KeiraR avatarThey are educated enough to not spend their money on something that doesn't really exist.
I'd rather lie in the sun with a real book.
I have bought many books in my life and none of them have run out of battery power yet. :p

posted by (2017-03-23 13:37:29)
No avatarI download for 2 reasons. Living outside the United States many books can't be obtained through the normal channels for Copyright restrictions. The other reason is the distribution model still locks out the Author to the lions share of the book price so I'm not supporting a middleman distribution system based on last centuries artist ripoff model. Luckily most new authors are doing their own distribution and I will buy from them direct so they truely profit and I support them in future effort. Until we break the old publishing and distribution model and see the artist get their true reward, I fear piracy will be the norm.

posted by (2017-03-23 23:13:41)
No avatarKeiraR - I used to be like you, and then I got arthritis in one wrist and thumb, and my library stopped getting in softcover versions of books. Hardcovers are too large and heavy for me to hold without pain, so I had to adapt and get a reader which I can hold comfortably in one hand. That said, the battery power in mine lasts over 3 months (reading minimum 3 hours daily) so it is pretty hard to let it die, and I'm enjoying the array of books I can find online and having new books instantly rather than having to be on a waitlist at the library (and then go somewhere to pick them up).

I'm in the age bracket in the article, and have a university degree, but I'm far lower on the income bracket. If I had a higher income I would probably buy the books I really liked at the very least, but still download or use the library for the ones that I'm not sure about (the library selection is still fairly limited here though). I don't actually use torrents as much as I use sharing sites like Mobilism though, because I have a much harder time finding them on torrent sites.

posted by (2017-03-24 09:36:46)
dr00py avatarevery time you download an e-book you save a tree!

posted by (2017-03-26 06:20:19)
No avatarEBook and Documentary Stuff Must be Free for Fair Use not everyone in world can afford to buy with money. Education Must be Free.

and Movies And Stuff Should be put in public domain after certain time like 1 or 2 year after movie released

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