Hey, Netherlandian young adults! Stop all the downloadin
'! If a recent survey of 3,500 folks
between the ages of 12 - 24 (issued by Dutch television program EénVandaag) is accurate, 93 percent of Dutch adolescents "download music, movies or games
from the Internet," while only five percent use honest, paid services such as iTunes and Steam. The remaining two percent responded with a perplexed "vwat ees an eentarnet?"
An interesting caveat: Downloading copyrighted media isn't actually illegal in the Netherlands -- but uploading copyrighted works is
. Bizarrely enough, the Dutch pirates' preferred form of file sharing is BitTorrent, with 45 percent using sites such as The Pirate Bay
to yoink their movies, music and games. However, BitTorrenting, which causes users to download and
upload simultaneously, is illegal under the Netherlands' copyright regulations. Fascinating, right? Right