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A fall in the proportion of Australian internet users accessing unlawful content online and a rise in the uptake of streaming services are the key findings of the 2016 online copyright infringement survey.

The results of Australia’s second survey of online copyright infringement, showed that 23 per cent of Australian internet users were accessing unlawful online content. This is down from 26 per cent in 2015, when the survey was first conducted.

The results determine that the pricing and availability of online copyright content, such as streaming services, has led to a reduction in infringement.

TNS Australia conducted the survey on behalf of the Department of Communications and the Arts between January and March 2016, with over 2,400 people taking part.

The survey is designed to understand the types of copyright material that is being infringed across four key types of online content: music, movies, video games and TV programs. It also seeks to understand attitudes that drive copyright infringement behaviour.

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