Digital piracy is on the rise in Germany, where 1.7 million computer users illegally downloaded nearly 12 million films in the first half of 2005, according to a study by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) released Tuesday.
The number of illicit downloaders jumped 30%, while the number of pics pirated increased 16% from a year earlier.
The profile of the Teutonic pirate is also changing. Illegal film theft among those ages 10 to 19 grew 160%, while computer users over 50 appear to be mastering the technology, accounting for a 180% increase.
As a result, the FFA said pic piracy is becoming an increasingly widespread phenomenon no longer limited to the traditionally computer-savvy twentysomethings.