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  • Writer's pictureOliver Walsh

APAC Piracy: 2023 Hotspots and Success Stories

Updated: Jan 29

Torrent Freak reports that a soon-to-be-published joint paper prepared by MUSO and Kearny estimates that there were an astonishing 141 billion visits to pirate sites in 2023, or approximately 18 pirate site visits by every man, woman and child.

The report highlights 10 APAC countries, split as follows:

APAC Hotspots Countries (High and Growing):
  • Hong Kong

  • Singapore

  • Australia

Per capita, Singapore tops the chart for pirate site visits, albeit with a growth rate that trails behind other prominent APAC regions such as Hong Kong.

It's worth noting that two of these countries, namely Australia and Singapore, have some of the most advanced site-blocking systems. This could raise concerns about the effectiveness of site-blocking as a piracy prevention measure compared to other available anti-piracy tactics or options.

APAC Risk Countries (Lower but Rising):
  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Thailand

While the audio-visual piracy rates in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand are currently lower, they are on an upward trajectory, presenting a growth risk that warrants close monitoring or preemptive action.

APAC Successes (Lower and Falling):
  • Japan

  • Vietnam

Some good news was reported, particularly in Vietnam, which has long been a piracy nexus point in APAC and now has falling piracy rates.


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