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 them24.6%
Neither I nor people near me have bought them64.3%

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

DVD, Blu-ray5045.0%
Computer software3228.8%
Game software (including ROM cards)1513.5%
Books, photo collections98.1%

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

From a pirate shop4237.8%
From a pirate internet auction3329.7%
From a pirate street stall2724.3%
From a pirate web site1513.5%
From a pirate friend1513.5%
From a pirate bulletin board, email, etc76.3%
Other pirate means1412.6%
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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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