The result is certainly not new, but the trend is tending to increase. The High Authority for the Dissemination of Works and the Protection of Internet Rights (Hadopi) has published a study on the frequency of illegal streaming sites in France.
The independent authority first returns to observing a sharp increase in the consumption of dematerialized cultural goods in France. In particular, this practice affected 89% of internet users in April 2020 compared to 81% in May 2019. A growth that accompanies an increase in the use of illegal websites and peaked in March 2020: 14.2 million internet users.
The range of illegal websites is very fragmented
An average of 12.7 million French people visited these portals with pirated copies or around 24% of the population. The authors find that livestreaming sports broadcasts attracted 2.4 million people, or 19% of internet users, who visited a website with illegal content. An average that needs to be corrected upwards as it decreased during the first tightness when competitions came to a standstill.
Incidentally, streaming and direct downloading are still the two most popular practices among the French: “They affect three quarters (71% or 9 million internet users) and more than half (54% or 6.9 million internet users) of internet users, respectively with illegal uses ”.
The Hadopi notes that the audience of these portals is increasingly fragmented. Many are mirror pages: They are replicas of services that were the subject of a blocking decision.
As a reminder, the government plans to merge CSA and Hadopi into a single structure called Arcom: audiovisual and digital communications regulator. The goal is clearly defined: Better fight against peer-to-peer piracy, illegal streaming or even pirated copies of sporting events.
Recently, LREM MPs also backed a proposal aimed at “combating the illegal proliferation of sporting events and competitions”. In particular, it might be possible to react much faster if illegal portals create mirror pages.