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: 30 - 36 years old
Continent: Europe
File sharing is the result of the large(and smaller) entertainment industries inability/lack of will, to adapt to the modern world were living in - why has no one, even today, worked out a reasonable way to commercially share digital content online? Windows-only encrypted content is the worst idea ever.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Oceania
the prohibition of file sharing will inhibit the growth of creativity
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: North America
Legalization and acceptance should be the next step for filesharing. For most of us, filesharing is not stealing: if I like an album or song, I will buy it. I will want to compensate the artists performance. Law making agencies need to understand that
Gender: Female
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Oceania
why would someone tell you the next big thing. The next big think would make you lots of money and trouble
Gender: Male
Age: 25 - 29 years old
Continent: Asia
My usage is to get access to content that I do not have access to due to my current geographical location. My local (Japan) TV network does not provide current TV shows. Also IP address will block my access to view these favorite sitcoms via the stations website. Therefore leaves me to the only alternate, torrent sharing. ...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Europe
The next big thing should be the embracing of filesharing. The industry can easily cash in on file sharing honestly. Three things would have to change though. The industry and how it perceives filesharing, how banks handle money and money transfers, and how the general public perceive filesharing.
Gender: Male
Age: 17 years and younger
Continent: North America
When one makes an idiot-proof product, someone will make a better idiot. The same goes for Piracy. It started With unprotected CDs. People started sharing them, so they were protected with serial codes. Then pirates made keygens. They were protected with server-synced DRM, so pirates made the IP-blocker thingies (I dont ...
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: North America
I believe the situation of file-sharing is very similar to any rebel group that arises to every unjust government, and like water, it will always find its way to go through....you just cant stop it because its done by man, not machines
Gender: Male
Age: 18 - 24 years old
Continent: Europe
I do not know of any persecution of non-commercial piracy in Estonia. Most of my acquintances use illegal file-sharing programmes, mostly for downloading films, tv-shows and music, very few of them upload new content. Im 19 years old, recently taught my father, who is 49, how to use utorrent and The Pirate Bay to download ...