Going to a download website to get a premiere movie or the latest album of the trend group at the moment is no longer an exercise practiced by younger Internet users. Let’s not say to use P2P download programs . If they are told about eMule or Kazaa, most of them will not even know what it is.
Most young people no longer make illegal downloads of online content. This is detailed by the 2019 Intellectual Property and Youth Barometer prepared by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which has analyzed the online activities of young Europeans between 15 and 24 years old. The main conclusion of the report is that they increasingly respect intellectual property and that illegal downloads are increasingly a thing of the past.
In fact, according to the study, 51% of young people say they have not used, played, downloaded or accessed direct transmissions of content from illegal sources in the last 12 months. This represents 11 percentage points more than just three years ago.
In addition, the number of young people decreases considerably if they make illegal downloads of games, movies or series consciously: only 21% compared to 25% in 2016. These data is at European level.
The reasons for this decline are varied. On the one hand, the increase in streaming audiovisual content services, which offer added value in exchange for an affordable monthly fee, explains that programs are no longer used to share files or web pages where they can be downloaded illegally. On the other hand, the report establishes that there is a growing awareness of the risks of online security and the importance of respecting the law by younger users.
Despite this, what does not descend is the purchase of fake items online. 13 percent of young users surveyed acknowledged having purchased a product of a fake brand on the Internet, a percentage point above the data recorded a year ago. Price is the main motivation, despite recognizing that “acquiring a fake is not cool.”