’41 Percent of Dutch people would stop piracy at risk of fines’




A study by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights shows that downloading about a third illegal aware of the Dutch youth. 41 percent would then stop when the risk is too great a penalty.

The same percentage would stop illegally downloading if affordable content would be available, according to the study . Another reason to quit would be a bad experience with illegally downloaded content. The figures also show that 37 percent of Dutch young people aware obtains content from illegal sources. They are compared to 34 percent who say not to. The other young people do not know that they download illegally or do so unintentionally. In Belgium these proportions are roughly equal, with 32 percent who knowingly violate.

The main reasons for choosing piracy in the Netherlands are both price as well as availability, and the fact that it is only for personal use. Nearly 40 percent of surveyed European youth find that there is nothing wrong with piracy, as long as it is for personal use. Europe-wide views exist the most popular illegally downloaded digital goods from movies or series, music, and games. Respectively, with 85 percent stocks, 56 percent and 29 percent. Netherlands and Belgium follow this trend broadly. Also revealed that streaming is much more popular than download both illegal and legal content.

Another important finding of the study is that Europe believes youngsters that too little information is provided on intellectual property, and that more information would help them to better understand the issues. Also, the information available in the wrong way for young people to communicate.

The study was conducted among 24 295 young people between 15 and 24 years in all 28 Member States. It was conducted for one month between May and June 2015, with 1,001 participants from the Netherlands and the same number from Belgium.

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