91% of Russians would rather pirate than pay for content, survey shows

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91% of Russians would rather pirate than pay for content, survey shows

Russians have no qualms with pirated games, software, movies, TV shows, and music, a new survey reveals.

Only 9 percent of Russian netizens prefer sticking to exclusively legal content, according to data from security firm ESET reviewed by TorrentFreak. While the number seemingly suggests that the remaining 91 percent resort to piracy, the survey makes no mention of “dual buyers” — people who pirate content, but also occasionally pay for it.

Indeed, studies have previously shown that some pirates often convert to legitimate paying customers. So piracy doesn’t always end up affecting sales negatively, from that point of view at least.

The survey shows that games are most popular among pirates, with 52 percent admitting to cracking games, followed by 43 percent who obtain movies and TV shows illegally, and 34 percent who get their music from unlicensed

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