Music Business

US accounts for 9.9% of global music piracy

After years of decline, global music piracy is rising again by double digits, and the United States accounted for 9.9% of all illegal activity.

The US ranked third after Iran at 11.8% and India at 11.5% of pirate traffic, according to a new study by Muso.

Stream rippers, which enable users to download audio from YouTube URLs, account for over 40% of pirate traffic for music websites.

Download Muso’s Piracy By Industry Report 2023 free here.

Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot, a Senior Advisor at Bandsintown, President of the Skyline Artists Agency, and a Berklee College Of Music professor.

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