1.67 British Internet users download movies

Illegal UK downloads of films and TV via the Internet have tripled over the past year, the British Video Association (BVA) estimates. This apparently cost the UK video business ?45m in DVD sales alone during 2003. 1.67 million users indulged in the practice last year, compared to 570,000 in 2002. The typical offender – identified as the result of a survey of 16,000 12 to 74-year-olds – is reported as “under 35 years old and male” and “most likely to live in the south of England, where broadband is more widely available, and to download an average of 30 films or TV episodes per year”.