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When is streaming illegal? Here’s what you need to know about pirated content

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  • When is streaming illegal? Here’s what you need to know about pirated content

    May 18, 2021 by Joe Supan [Allconnect]

    New law targets sites, businesses that stream pirated content, not the couch surfers among us.

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    Within 24 hours of airing, more than 71 million people had watched the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones.

    More than 75% of them did so through a pirated stream or download. For reference, that’s 54 million people — around three million more than the population of South Korea.

    “If you go around the world, I think you’re right, that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world,” Time Warner exec Jeff Bewkes said in 2013. “Now that’s better than an Emmy.”

    It’s not just Game of Thrones. Stats on unlicensed streaming are hard to pin down, but estimates range from 53% of millennials accessing illegal streams in one month to 78.5 billion visits to piracy sites in 2015.

    And with more and more (and more and more) streaming services entering the fray — and adding digits to TV bills — every month, it’s unlikely we’ll see a slowdown anytime soon.

    In fact, streaming accounts for 80% of piracy in the U.S. The Impacts of Digital Piracy on the U.S. Economy report by the Global Innovation Policy Center estimates “that global online policy costs the U.S. economy at least $29.2 billion in lost revenue each year.”

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