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2.7 million jobs lost to illegal downloads
In Europe alone
According to a recent study, 2.7 million Europeans have lost their jobs since 2004 due to unlicensed downloads. The study, commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce, found that economic losses caused by illegal downloads could climb to €32 billion by 2015.
The authors of the study concluded that anti-piracy efforts should be at the top of the agenda of all policy makers. Interestingly, the study found that the UK was the hardest hit region, as it has the highest number of jobs in creative sectors.
Researchers acknowledge that most piracy comes down to sharing installation discs among friends and family. Peer to peer sites, the nightmare of the music and movie industry, account for around 34 percent of illegal downloads.