Research from online anti-piracy company MUSO has discovered that The Beatles are the most-pirated artist in the world by a significant margin.
MUSO compiled its top ten most-pirated artists by monitoring site which respond to its own takedown requests. This list doesn’t include the likes of The Pirate Bay.
The Fab Four's material was found to be uploaded via a whopping 187,687 online files through a mixture of cyberlocker, torrents and illegal streaming websites. Estimating an average of 1000 downloads per file, MUSO said this equates to nearly 190 million downloads per annum.
Other catalogue artists followed The Beatles with Fleetwood Mac (72984 uploaded files), Bob Marley (60024 uploaded files) and Led Zeppelin (59011 uploaded files) all in the Top Five.
Founded in 2008, MUSO now work with hundreds of key companies in the music industry, such as Beggars Group, Demon Music Group and Essential Music & Marketing, in helping them protect their releases and catalogue online.
The company’s dashboard system scans millions of pages across the internet, protecting and defending online content.
Full list below:
1. The Beatles - 187687 uploaded files
2. Fleetwood Mac - 72984 uploaded files
3. Bob Marley - 60024 uploaded files
4. Led Zeppelin - 59011 uploaded files
5. Cliff Richard - 56576 uploaded files
6. Stevie Wonder - 45496 uploaded files
7. Jimi Hendrix - 44093 uploaded files
8. Elvis - 40794 uploaded files
9. ABBA - 35193 uploaded files
10. The Rolling Stones - 34444 uploaded files