7m in UK 'use illegal downloads'
Source: BBC NEWS | Technology | 7m in UK 'use illegal downloads'
So an 1/8th of the UKs population illegally downloads. Why does that sound like an underestimation?
Around seven million people in the UK are involved in illegal downloads, costing the economy tens of billions of pounds, government advisors say.
Researchers found 1.3m people using one file-sharing network on one weekday and estimated that over a year they had free access to material worth £120bn.
The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) warned it may be hard to change attitudes.
The government says work must be done internationally to tackle the problem. [...]
An alliance of nine UK bodies representing the creative industries recently joined trades unions in calling on the government to force internet service providers to cut off persistent illegal file-sharers.
They said more than half of net traffic in the UK was illegal content. [...] Internet service providers say it is not their job to police the web. [...]
and the lines "it may be hard to change attitudes" and "internet service providers say it is not their job to police the web" says it all.
I wonder how much money the government are going to spend on a strategic plan to come out of it with the statement:
"It's happening, our country very much illegally downloads. But we don't as of this time have a solution to combat the problem. We must work with our international colleagues in order to address the problem further".