Executive summary

The Six Business Models for Copyright Infringement is a segmentation driven investigation of sites that are thought by major rights holders to be significantly facilitating copyright infringement. In this study, we investigate the operation of a sample of these sites to determine their characteristics.

Among other things, we investigate how they function, how they are funded, where they are hosted, what kinds of content they offer, and how large their user bases are.

The aim of this study is to provide quantitative data to inform debate around infringement and enforcement. Although a large amount of quantitative and qualitative data has been collected in the past through consumer surveys into why people use these sites, there is insufficient data-driven analysis of the sites that are considered to facilitate copyright infringement.

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