TV pirates

New figures show a surge in the numbers of people using the internet to watch unauthorised copies of television programmes.

While American drama series are the most popular, millions of people are also downloading the British programme Top Gear.

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Visits to web sites offering illegal access to music and video have nearly doubled over the last year, and increasingly it's television and films which are being sought out.

The media measurement firm Big Champagne has compiled a top ten of illegal downloads. It's dominated by American drama series, with 55 million people downloading episodes of Heroes in the first half of this year. But the BBC's Top Gear is also amongst the most pirated programmes, with hundreds of thousands of people, many in the United States, downloading each episode of the recent series.

Despite the apparent surge in piracy, the researchers say television should not suffer as much damage to its revenues as the music business has faced.

Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News

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offering illegal access to

kullanıcılarına yasalara aykırı şekilde ücret ödemeden bir ürünü indirme imkanı sunma

nearly doubled

neredeyse iki katına çıkan

sought out

buradaki anlamı, program indirmek için aramak, aratmak

compiled

toplamak, bir araya getirmek

it's dominated by

burada, çoğunluğu alan yasadışı programlar

amongst the most pirated programmes

en fazla korsan kopyası yapılan ve internetten indirilen

the apparent surge in

aniden artmış gibi görünen

suffer as much damage to its revenues

kazancından fazla büyük bir kayba uğramak

faced

uğraşmak zorunda kalmak