Latvia leading in online piracy

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Almost half of Latvians with access to the internet are using illicit torrent and streaming sites, making Latvia a world leader in online piracy, reported Tuesday. 

In absolute numbers, the US is the leading country in terms of piracy in the world, generating an estimated 10 billion monthly visits to illegal online streaming websites and 3 billion visits to torrent websites.

"Out of a total 78.49bn film and television piracy site visits, 73.69% (57.84bn) were visits to streaming sites, with 72.07% of visits via desktop devices, indicating consumption of infringing video content via mobile devices remains low. With over 12% (9.86bn visits) of that global piracy audience from the United States, and with France, Germany and the UK all present in the top 10 countries globally by visits. The report highlights a piracy industry in transition, with strongly varying audience trends across different countries highlighting key opportunities, as well as emerging threats," a news release by the London-based MUSO anti-piracy services website said.

However, a different picture emerges if the data are adjusted to the connected population.

According to the MUSO anti-piracy analytics website, 46.3% of Latvians use the web to access illegal content, followed by Bulgaria (27.4%) and Lithuania (24.5%).

However Latvia is also among the best-connected nations in the world, with Latvia's internet being the 7th-fastest in the world, according to an Akamai Technologies 2015 report.

Furthermore, Latvia ranks 3rd in fiber connectivity among OECD member states.

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