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UK's biggest piracy city named as Manchester

17 September 2012 Last updated at 08:27 BST

Manchester has been named the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study seen exclusively by the BBC.

The research said there were more illegal downloads per person in the city than any other in the country, followed by Nottingham and Southampton.

The statistics, from monitoring service Musicmetric, conclude that in the first half of 2012 UK users illegally shared over 40 million albums and singles.

Rory Cellan-Jones reports from Manchester.