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Illegal downloads, the winner is...

Which country is the champion of illegal downloads ?  This is a common question nowadays and many things have been said, and their contrary as well.

It has been said that France would have been the champion of illegal downloads these last years (the law Hadopi arrived to save the entertainment industry), but according to certain sources, less than 1 french connected to the internet out of 5 would download music & films illegally, just like in United States or United Kingdom.

China would be the real champion of illegal downloads with more than 3 chinese people connected out of 4, followed by Russia, India, Spain, Brazil...

There is no easy way to verify such numbers but as direct downloads, most probably of copyrighted music & films, from sites like Megauplod, Rapidshare,, Hotfiles (and so on) are now more and more popular, you may have an idea (but for China which is a special case due to internet filters most probably applied by the government) by looking these Traffic stats by country provided by the Alexa toolbar :


How is ranked (most visited websites) around the world:

    * 8 Egypt
    * 10 Bangladesh
    * 11 Peru
    * 12 Chile
    * 13 Saudi Arabia
    * 14 Indonesia
    * 15 Algeria
    * 16 Colombia
    * 17 Portugal
    * 18 Venezuela
    * 19 Malaysia
    * 21 Russia
    * 26 Ukraine
    * 29 Thailand
    * 31 Germany
    * 36 Netherlands
    * 37 Australia
    * 39 Italy
    * 41 United States
    * 44 Canada
    * 49 United Kingdom
    * 59 South Korea
    * 60 China
    * 81 Japan
    * 83 France users come from these countries:

    * 9.2% United States
    * 8.3% India
    * 6.6% China
    * 5.1% Brazil
    * 4.7% Mexico
    * 4.1% Germany
    * 4.1% Turkey
    * 3.8% Egypt
    * 3.5% Russia
    * 3.1% Iran
    * 3.1% Indonesia
    * 2.6% Spain
    * 2.4% Japan
    * 2.2% Argentina
    * 1.9% Saudi Arabia
    * 1.9% Italy
    * 1.8% Poland
    * 1.7% United Kingdom
    * 1.7% Pakistan
    * 1.3% Greece
    * 1.2% France
    * 1.0% Chile
    * 1.0% Algeria
    * 0.9% Thailand
    * 0.9% Canada
    * 0.8% Malaysia
    * 0.8% Peru
    * 0.8% Colombia
    * 0.8% Australia
    * 0.8% Bangladesh
    * 0.7% Ukraine
    * 0.7% Venezuela
    * 0.7% Netherlands
    * 0.6% Portugal
    * 0.6% South Korea
    * 14.9% OTHER

Of course you may look at the traffic stats for every website that is about direct downloads or P2P. These numbers should be taken with moderation, everyone do not use the Alexa toolbar, but these numbers give undoubtly a clue on which country uses these websites most.

As for me, the conclusion I would roughly make while taking account of what internet looks like & the people in each country is that the number of direct downloads in United States, China or France, is basically the same in percentage !

Future is now


Quel pays est le champion du piratage et plus précisément du téléchargement illégal ?  La question a souvent été posée depuis quelques années et on a entendu tout et son contraire.

Il a été dit que la France avait été le pays champion du téléchargement illégal (avant que la loi Hadopi n'arrive pour sauver l'industrie du divertissement), mais selon certaines sources il n'en serait rien, moins d'un français sur 5 téléchargerait illégalement alors que plus de 3 chinois sur 4 le feraient, rien de forcément étonnant pour le pays champion de la contrefaçon.

La Chine serait ainsi suivi de la Russie, de l'Inde, de l'Espagne et du Brésil.

Il n'y a pas de moyen facile de vérifier de tels chiffres, mais à l'heure des téléchargements directs, de plus en plus populaires, à partir des sites Rapidshare, Megaupload, Hotfile, et ainsi de suite, certains chiffres peuvent nous donner une idée sur la question, notamment les statistiques de traffic en provenance du site Alexa (sauf peut-être pour la Chine, où le gouvernement applique sans doute des filtres pour de nombreux sites web) :


Tout le monde n'utilise bien sûr pas la barre d'outils Alexa, mais ces chiffres laissent à penser grosso modo et en tenant compte de ce à quoi ressemble le paysage internet et de la population dans chaque pays que tout le monde effectue des téléchargements directs à peu près dans les mêmes proportions en Chine, aux Etats-Unis ou en France, et bien entendu d'oeuvres protégées dans la plupart des cas.

Le futur est en marche !

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