Pirate vinyl more popular than pirate software?


Have you or people around you bought pirate goods? graph of japanese statisticsThis recent survey from Media Interative (iResearch), reported on by japan.internet.com, into pirates uncovered quite surprising data on purchased pirate plunder.


Over the 13th and 14th of April 2010 1,000 internet users (there was no information on how the sample was chosen) who knew what piracy was completed a survey. 55.3% of the sample were male, 1.0% in their teens, 16.1% in their twetnies, 27.1% in their thirties, 30.9% in their forties, 17.1% in their fifties, and 7.8% in their sixties.

In a previous survey on a similar topic, pirate laser disk featured prominently in the survey, so I wonder if that falls under the definition of “record”, not just implying vinyl. I’ve personally never heard of pirate vinyl!

With the internet these days, actually buying stuff seems such a quaint idea, although I am surprised to see that game software is relatively low, as the barrier to dowmloading and burning a CD or using a hacked ROM card seems rather high.

I presume that fake brand items fall outside the pirate category for this survey, which seems to be concentrating on media.

Research results

Q1: Have you or people around you bought pirate goods? (Sample size=1,000)

I and people near me have bought them (to SQs) 9.7%
I have, but people near me haven’t bought them (to SQs) 1.4%
I haven’t, but people near me have bought them 24.6%
Neither I nor people near me have bought them 64.3%

Q1SQ1: What kinds of pirate goods have you bought? (Sample size=111, multiple answer)

  Votes Percentage
CD 52 46.8%
DVD, Blu-ray 50 45.0%
Computer software 32 28.8%
Video 23 20.7%
Record 21 18.9%
Game software (including ROM cards) 15 13.5%
Books, photo collections 9 8.1%
Other 4 3.6%

Q1SQ2: From where did you buy pirate goods? (Sample size=111, multiple answer)

  Votes Percentage
From a pirate shop 42 37.8%
From a pirate internet auction 33 29.7%
From a pirate street stall 27 24.3%
From a pirate web site 15 13.5%
From a pirate friend 15 13.5%
From a pirate bulletin board, email, etc 7 6.3%
Other pirate means 14 12.6%
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1 Comment »

  1. JJ said,
    July 27, 2010 @ 02:58

    Japan is the home of bootleg vinyl due to the weak music laws.

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