Online copyright infringement

20 July 2015

In early 2012 the Intellectual Property Office funded Ofcom to conduct research intended to improve understanding of consumers' behaviour and attitudes towards lawful and unlawful access of copyright material using the internet.

The primary objective was to gather data and generate insights that could be used to assist policy-making related to online copyright enforcement. This followed the adoption by Government of a recommendation made in the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth.

The research demonstrated the clear demand for online access to copyright material. However, infringement was a minority activity; we estimated in 2013 that 17% of internet users consumed at least one item of infringing content, which equates to around a third (29%) of all consumers of online content.

2013

Online Content Study: Changes in the distribution, discovery and consumption of lawful and unauthorised online content Mar 2013

High volume infringers: analysis report Sep 2013

Online Copyright Infringement Tracker Wave 4 Sep 2013

Online Copyright Infringement Tracker Wave 3 May 2013

Online Copyright Infringement Tracker: Deep Dive Analysis Report May 2013

Online Copyright Infringement Tracker Wave 2 Mar 2013

2012

OCI Tracker Benchmark Study Data Tables Q3 2012 Nov 2012

OCI tracker benchmark study Q3 2012 - Data reconciliations Nov 2012

OCI tracker benchmark study Q3 2012 - Introduction and key findings Nov 2012

OCI tracker benchmark study Q3 2012 - Questionnaire Nov 2012

Online copyright infringement tracker benchmark study Q3 2012 Nov 2012

OCI Slide Decks Jul 2012

2011

Illegal file-sharing pilot peer review by Continental Research Dec 2011

Illegal file-sharing pilot survey report by Kantar Media  Dec 2011

Qualitative research into online digital piracy by GfK Dec 2011