DRM – the cracks are starting to show
As Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 is cracked and pirated on its first day of release, we must question whether preventative Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the right approach to the problem of game piracy, says Adam Hitchen, Technical Services Executive at MUSO.
What happens when we get Film and TV subscription fatigue?
With Apple’s announcement of a new paid-for film and TV streaming service, the list of rights-owners and broadcasters launching rival Netflix services keeps on growing. Amazon, Disney-Fox; even the BBC and ITV with their Britbox service are all throwing their hats into the ring.
To compete with Netflix, online piracy is upping its game
Nearly 190 billion visits were made to illegal piracy websites in 2018, according to MUSO, a company that tracks the scale of digital piracy – 5.75bn of which came from the UK (and a further 17.4bn from the US). Almost half of all visits to piracy websites were for television shows, with nearly one in five visitors to illicit sites seeking out the latest film.
Inside the complex world of illegal sports streaming
Piracy is not a new problem, nor solely a sports one. But as the world gradually learns to corral some forms of it, illegal streamers are still flourishing. According to piracy data company MUSO, humans made 362.7 million visits to sports piracy websites in January 2019 alone.
Global piracy hits 190 billion visits in 2018, but UK sees a drop
For copyright holders, we’ve got good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good: visits to pirate sites in the UK dropped to 5.75 billion in 2018. That may sound like pretty limited good news, given it’s still a huge number, but if you think that’s not great, then here’s the bad news: piracy worldwide hit 190 billion visits over the year.
Oscars 2019: Roma and other Best Picture nominees gaining plenty of pirate attention
An Academy Award is one of the highest honours anyone in the film industry can receive, but it can attract some potentially unwanted attention too. Piracy-tracking firm MUSO has found that an Oscar nomination is a sure-fire way to send piracy activity through the roof.
Tracking stream ripper demand with MUSO Discover
MUSO’s new ‘Piracy by Industry’ Dashboard allows for comparison of trends month-on-month, breaking down the data by industry, region, date and delivery method. This reveals new insight around the changes in behaviour of unlicensed audiences and the impact of anti-piracy strategies.
Piracy Data: From Global View to Macroeconomic Trends
Over the last 20 years, piracy was the disruptor that transformed the music industry: recorded music revenues are now reporting solid growth in the US, largely in part because of the ‘streaming age’ which many are likening to the next format age in music, after vinyl, tape, CD and downloads – streaming revenues now account for a lionshare of total US music industry revenue.
YouTube Launches YouTube Music: a piracy fighter?
Another week, another streaming service launched. Entering the mix this week is Google’s YouTube, which has announced a music streaming service that will offer both videos and audio tracks for $9.99 month, as well as a free ad-supported option - YouTube Music.