pirrarcy 300x199 Australian study shows most Internet Pirates are well off and college educated

A recent study completed by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) shows that most Australian-based file sharers are better off and more educated than their law abiding counterparts. 

The study shows that one in three made more than 100 thousand dollars per year (AUD), and a little more than 25% had at least a four-year degree from a university.  The study also reveals that most Internet pirates are young, with just over 44% less than 30 years of age.

This latest study paints an image of Internet piracy in a different light, but is not new.  In fact, past studies have demonstrated that most file-sharers spend more money on legal purchases than those who never use piracy to share files.

Experts feel that the reason for this recent finding is because those involved in file sharing are more of an Internet die-hard than those who do not use the Internet on a daily basis.  Or in other words, those that resort to piracy spend far more time on-line and therefore would be more apt to need certain programs for entertainment.  Nevertheless, the findings revealed that those who partake in illegal file downloading and sharing are more inclined to make lots of additional legal purchases.

Oddly enough, the research also found that most Internet pirates have more money than others who do not resort to piracy, which seems quite the opposite to how most see theft in general.  The survey, which was commissioned by the APRA, along with other intellectual property rights groups, found that just over 21% admitted to file sharing illegally and that the piracy increases with the rise in household net income.

income Australian study shows most Internet Pirates are well off and college educated

For example, those making 100 thousand dollars per year, the percentage of illegal file sharing is approximately 30% of those who admitted to doing it.  For those making 60 – 100 thousand dollars, that number is around 27%.  Furthermore, all those that admitted to file sharing and that had a college education, represented approximately 1 quarter of all illegal downloads.

Another interesting find was that most file sharers living in a metro area rather than the country.  Also, of all the adults who share files, about 44% are under 30 years of age and only 11% are over the age of 50.

In regards to the media that is downloaded more often, the study found that it was popular television programs and movies.  The study did not compare file sharing in other countries or regions outside of Australia.