As the demand for digital magazines increases so does the level of piracy of the content: piracy of digital magazines is a relatively new phenomenon however it's growing rapidly, undermining the development of the publishing industry.
In our last article about Telegram messenger we asked how easy it was access pirated books and publications through apps and specialised sites. The answer: very. It's extremely simple to get high-quality PDF publication downloads straight to users' smart phones and tablets for free. The app Telegram allows for users to search for their favorite book or magazine on channels where the content is hosted, and be ready to download in seconds. After working with some magazine publishers we decided to look specifically at magazine piracy, quantifing some of our findings and sharing them.
It's important to say Telegram do not condone this use of their messenger app. These figures are averages taken from our time working to prevent magazine piracy on the app. As Telegram channels close and new ones are created regularly, these figures are always fluctuating. However, it's clear that this is a growing problem. The app is not exclusively used for pirated publications; it now has new add-on/ bot that allows the downloading of movie torrents through the app. As it's user base expands and well known torrent sites are being closed, it's worth considering if this is the future home of pirated content.