IP Crime Annual Report (2016-2017)
|IP Crime Annual Report (2016-2017)|
|Title:||IP Crime Annual Report (2016-2017)|
|Author(s):||IP Crime Group|
|Citation:||IP Crime Group (2017) IP Crime Annual Report (2016-2017)|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||The report consists of an amalgamation of different reports and information from various organisations, including law enforcement agencies (trading standards, police) and industry bodies (e.g. BPI). This is supplemented by a case studies from Trading Standards.|
|Data Type:||Primary and Secondary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||Yes|
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“The Intellectual Property (IP) crime and enforcement report 2016 to 2017 highlights current and emerging threats surrounding counterfeiting and piracy, including those conducted online. The report also contains statistical data and enforcement activities from UK law enforcement agencies including Police, Trading Standards and Customs along with industry bodies. This year’s report includes a separate supplement with a sample of IP related case studies from Trading Standards.”
Main Results of the Study
The IPO finds that 15% of 6.7 million UK internet users consumed online content illegally between January and March 2017, a figure remaining consistent with rates over the same time period in 2016. FACT also report an increase in reports of online copyright infringement by approximately a third. Despite this, the Ministry of Justice only prosecuted 47 people during 2016, as opposed to 69 people in the previous year. The report cites certain deterrent effects for this low figure, including the prosecution for illegal downloading in R v Wayne Evans.
New and developing means of infringement are also on the rise. FACT reports the increasing use of IPTV and kodi boxes to watch copyright free material, with approximately 19% of adults engaging in this behaviour. PRS also report an increase in stream-ripping by a monumental 141.3%. They find this is primarily motivated by the fact music is already owned in another format (claimed by 31% of consumers) and a desire to listen to music offline (26%). The report also mentions 3D printing as a potential high-risk area, though notes further research is required in this regard.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
No policy implications are stated by the authors.