The largest database of file-sharing demographics ever!

The Survey Bay is a searchable database containing responses from 75.000 users from the global file-sharing mega-site The Pirate Bay, including demographics, information about their p2p habits and thoughts about the future of file-sharing.

The data is released in cooperation with Torrentfreak and free to search and use for all! Read it, use it, share it - and let us know the results! We are very eager to see what can be made with all this data.

Måns Svensson, Stefan Larsson and Marcin de Kaminski
of the Cybernorms Research Group at Lund University Internet Institute, Sweden

Random answers

Gender: Male
Age: 53 - 65 years old
Continent: North America
The US will always lead the fight against file sharing not only because we are the biggest producers of media but greed seems to be an inherent part of our culture. There may be a day when the net is completely controlled as are we but I hope I will not see it. I am a 64 American male and have no wish to see the day when...
Gender: Male
Age: 17 years and younger
Continent: North America
I feel that file-sharing is needed. While I do agree it does take away from the profit from the creator of the file Im downloading but at the same time: if I like the content enough, Ill go out and buy it to support the creator. Its like a demo I guess. Most of the time I do end up buying the song or movie. Im an norma...
Gender: Female
Age: 46 - 52 years old
Continent: North America
With the economy as it is now, it is hard to get entertainment with a limited budget. Having a free service definitely allows me to enjoy the works of others, albeit commercially or amateur-ish. Unfortunately, having to purchase these things doesnt entertain me, as the stress of having financial difficulties doesnt mix w...
Gender: Female
Age: 25 - 29 years old
Continent: Europe
"I think that all who share files still are willing to pay for what they love. But that is it. We dont pay for what we only approve of slightly. Micro payments such as Flttr will be a way to support the individuals that gain the admiration of the audience. We dont pay more than we see fit. It is a way to vote with money, t...
Gender: Male
Age: 25 - 29 years old
Continent: Europe
For my own part, i mostly file share because its easy and readily available. Its more trouble to purchase media legally, and half the time when you do that youre still stuck with DRM, commercials and whatnot. File sharing makes it easy to consume media, when, how and where I want to and not in the ways the record and film...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: North America
Im tired of feeling guilty because I cant afford luxury items like CDs. Its not my fault that Im in a poor financial situation. If I cant afford the things in life that I love, I have to adapt. Just like the market will adapt. Im not one of those types of people that abuse file-sharing and download or upload just as a hobb...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: North America
Im personally nervous about file-sharing. I use it largely as a means of testing products (games, movies, music, etc..) before spending my money on them. I buy anything that I like, and simply delete what I dont. I view this practice much more as being a smart consumer than as anything sinister or illegal.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Europe
In Poland I cant buy one song in internet. Polish institution ZAIKS forces me to buy full CD. Im only student and i dont have money to buy CD for 40PLN (about 10 euro, about 15 dollars). Its all.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Europe
I live in Lund so my local and regional situation is just like yours. There are some thing the government cant controle and has no effect on. One of those things are pirated movies and music. If not for pirate bay or other torrent sites people woul buy pirated dvds from China or Taiwan. There is a vast market for pirated e...