In a recent survey conducted by iReach Insights, 1000 Irish adults were asked all about their behaviour and their opinions regarding illegal downloads. It found that 22% of adults in Ireland download music illegally for free.
The research shows that half of adults in Ireland (47%) buy music in store – with females (52%) more likely to buy than males (40%). Also, buying music in store is more common in people of 55+ years (60%) than in those of 18-34 years (35%). Forty percent buy it online, 21% subscribe to paid streaming services and 22% download it illegally for free. This proportion decreases with age. In fact, people of 18-34 years (31%) download more than those of 55+ years (9%).
Among people who don’t download music for free, 35% of don’t because they know it’s illegal. Twenty six per cent prefer physical copies of music/movies, 25% are worried about downloading a virus and 21% think that is unethical.
Furthermore, the research shows that 57% of respondents think that is the responsibility of internet providers to try and prevent illegal downloading, 36% think that it is the IT security organisations responsibility, 24% think it’s the government’s responsibility and 20% think the responsibility lies with the police.