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: 25 - 29 years old
Continent: Europe
No law can ever stop file sharing. The people is choosing to pirate not for the costs, not for the thrill but for the avalibility. Apple App store, iTunes, Spotify (paid) is examples of the future. I pirate for the avalibility, I choose to steal from my favourite producers, actors and musicans because I love their work an...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Europe
More than 5 years ago when internet wasnt so advanced, selling pirated copies were quite popular in Turkey. Artists were furious and run bunch of campaigns, police confiscated copied CDs (probably used some themselves, seeing how low cop budget is).Nowadays even those people who copied games and music etc. and sold to othe...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Africa
"File sharing and commercial distribution are often expressed as zero-sum, or mutually exclusive. I dont think they are at all. Some forms of commercial distribution (e.g. selling CDs) clearly die back under the competition, but others (e.g. putting on live performances) are given a boost by the broader publicity that larg...
Gender: Male
Age: 17 years and younger
Continent: Europe
I think the companies who lose their money due to piracy will never stop illegal file sharing and will have to decrease their prices. People will buy a product only when they see it worth the price they pay, otherwise: they pirate.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Europe
Insufficient answer capabilities, although i realize its hard to go over thousands of written comments at each answer, it will be worth it in the future when taking in to account individual rights.
Gender: Male
Age: 37 - 45 years old
Continent: Europe
File sharing is a way of interacting and being part of society and all cultural streams that flows through it. Copyright enforcement strives to put a price on everything, severely limiting the amount of culture a person can consume. My view is that the next global financial crisis will make all luxury consumption impossibl...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: North America
why the hell did the people at TBP agree to help you? I cant see this survey helping them in any way (unless theyre being paid)
Gender: Male
Age: 17 years and younger
Continent: Europe
I am uncertain of the Future, but i would guess that The Law will try to suppress any file-sharing and any (even if only slightly) for of piracy. This will most certainly happen, but at the same time the people who download, upload and share the data online will find some way to continue to share files, the people will alw...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Europe
Usually I use it just to get a digital copy of something I bought anyway (e.g. blu-ray, sports PPVs etc)