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People in Spain accessed illegal content 4 billion times last year, equating to nearly €21.9 billion ($27 billion) in lost revenues, according to Spanish football league LaLiga.
A report released by LaLiga and the Coalition of Creators and Content Industries (which represents entertainment companies in Spain) noted that while this is a significant amount, it represents a decrease of 6% from 2016 and an accumulated decrease of 9% from 2015.
Carried out by independent consultant GFK, the report added that films were most popular with pirates, with 34% of them accessing the content. The volume of films accessed illegally in 2017 was 726 million, with the films having a market value of €5.7 billion, and 35% of accesses occurred while the film was still in the cinema.
TV series were accessed by 30% of pirates, with 945 million episodes illegally played or downloaded during 2017. Their market value was €1.4 billion.
One in ten Spanish households watched football matches on illegal channels last year. In total, 16% of internet users watched football matches on illegal channels. Therefore, during 2017, 113 million football matches were watched illegally.
Of the internet users surveyed, 78% said blocking access to the website offering the illegal content would be the most effective measure against piracy, while 73% claimed that penalising internet service providers would be best.
In March, TBO reported that LaLiga had teamed up with Belgium’s Pro League football league in an anti-piracy scheme. LaLiga will lend its tools and technologies to the Pro League in an effort to prevent the pirated streaming of football matches on the internet.
A few weeks before, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition supported the Spanish police in arresting six individuals from a crime ring suspected of selling illegal TV signals.
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