Muddy waters
March 10, 2023

Music piracy on the rise again

The last three years have seen a slow rise in global music piracy, after a period of steady decline, according to a report from MUSO, a U.K. technology company. The platform has logged more than 15 billion visits to music piracy sites in 2022. Iran accounts for 15.05% of all piracy traffic picked up by MUSO, followed by India (10.29%), The United States (7%), and Russia (6%), Billboard reports. More than half of all the piracy in the United States takes place via stream-ripping, which relies on programs to get around YouTube’s copyright protection and convert audio into MP3s.