Only 11% of Russians downloading free movies ready to pay for content - poll

Russian Internet users are keen on music and film downloads, preferably gratis, sociologists said.

"Sixty-one percent of Russians are Internet users, and 38 percentbrowse the worldwide web on the daily basis, 17 percentseveral times a week and 4 percentseveral times a month," the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) told Interfax.

The best beloved content is music (downloaded by 63 percentof the respondents) and films (60 percent). The demand is smaller for books by modern authors (40 percent), games (39 percent) and software programs (which are not distributed for free, 39 percent).

Most of music and film downloads are done by the 18-24 age group (83 percent vs. 79 percent) of 1,600 respondents polled in 130 towns and cities in 42 regions in mid-August.

On the whole, Russian Internet users prefer free continent (60 percent do not pay for music downloads and 57 percent do not pay for downloaded films).

The sociologists discovered that quality of downloaded movies was not all that important for Internet users. Thirty-five percent said they would rather get a bad copy for free, and 20 percent chose paying for a quality copy.

Only 11 percentof users who regularly choose free downloads are ready to pay for downloads if free downloads of films and TV series become unavailable. Some 36 percent will find a way to evade the ban and 32 percentwill exchange film DVDs with their friends. Sixteen percent will go to the movies, and 14 percent will stop downloading films.

A law banning pirated Internet content entered into force in Russia on August 1. Internet resources posting films and TV series in violation of copyrights can now be blocked by demand of right holders. The State Duma plans to apply the ban to other copyrighted products - books, music and software programs.

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