Film and TV piracy increased in 2022 compared with the previous year, according to a research firm.
Zachary McAuliffeStaff writer
Zach began writing for CNET in November, 2021 after writing for a broadcast news station in his hometown, Cincinnati, for five years. You can usually find him reading and drinking coffee or watching a TV series with his wife and their dog.
ExpertiseWeb hosting, operating systems, applications and softwareCredentials
Apple software beta tester, "Helps make our computers and phones work!" - Zach's grandparents
Digital piracy is on the rise and isn't expected to slow down any time soon, according to a report from piracy-focused research firm MUSO that was published in Variety in early February.
In 2022, pirating films increased by about 39%, compared with 2021, while visits to piracy websites to watch TV shows rose by about 9%, the report said. Piracy is also expected to continue to rise throughout 2023.
"This trend continues to be a major issue for the industry, significantly impacting the revenues and livelihoods of all involved -- particularly smaller, independent creators -- and damaging the wider economy," the report said.
"These two options were by far ahead of other options, at 57 and 48 percent respectively," Taryn Hamilton, consumer general manager at Vocus Group NZ, said. "Punitive measures, such as prosecution for pirates and censorship of pirate sites, were only thought likely to be effective by 33 and 22 percent of people, respectively."