25% of young Europeans use illegal sources to access online content
Most say they do this because it is free, or cheaper than accessing content from legal sources, according to a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which surveyed young people in each of the 28 EU Member States.
Films and series were the most accessed types of content from illegal sources, followed by music and games.
Believed that they were doing nothing wrong
Nearly one in four believed that they were doing nothing wrong in accessing digital content from illegal sources for personal use, and a third considered that content from illegal sources was easier to find and quicker to access than content from legal sources.
Six out of ten young Europeans say they would stop using illegal sources to access digital content if more affordable content from legal sources was available.
Buying counterfeit goods - not as common
The report also shows a big difference in attitudes among young people between illegally accessing digital content and buying counterfeit goods online.
Only 12% of those questioned said they have intentionally bought counterfeit products online in the past 12 months, mostly counterfeit clothes, accessories and footwear, with over half saying they did so because it was cheaper than buying the real thing.
Do not trust sites which sell counterfeit goods
However, the vast majority of young people do not buy counterfeit products online. Over half of all those questioned say they do not trust the sites which sell counterfeit goods, and 20% say they are afraid of their data being misused if they make a purchase.