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Most Russians don't know pirating is illegal, says survey

Over 85 percent of Russians who answered a survey said they didn't think pirating was illegal, and 66 percent found no dilemma in making or taking pirated content.


Move over Australia, you're not the only notorious pirates around here.

A recent Irdeto survey found that unlike other countries, Russia continues to be one where video piracy remains high, and the Russians simply don't care that it affects the media industry's bottom line.

87 percent of Russian respondents don't think producing or sharing pirated video content is illegal, while 66 percent think it's perfectly fine to download or stream said content.

That's a big contrast to other global respondents, in particularly Latin America and the Asia Pacific, where 52 percent said they would stop watching pirated content after finding out doing so would cause studios to lose cash.

The Russian government has been trying to combat online video piracy as far back as 2015, but has yet to figure out how to win against the pirates despite efforts to block illegal sites.

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