Ed Sheeran targeted by Scarborough pirates

Ed Sheeran with the Best Song Musically and Lyrically award received for The A Team at the 2012 Ivor Novello awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.   PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Ivors. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Ed Sheeran with the Best Song Musically and Lyrically award received for The A Team at the 2012 Ivor Novello awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Ivors. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Award-winning singer Ed Sheeran has been named as the most shared artist among online music pirates in Scarborough.

According to new figures compiled this week, on average, the singer had his album Plus shared illegally 107 times per month by pirates in the town over the past six months.

He also topped the national list, followed by Rihanna and Frank Ocean.

Katy Perry was the second most popular artist with Scarborough web pirates.

The information was collected by monitoring firm Musicmetric, who measured traffic across the Bittorrent network, widely used by music fans to share albums and songs, both legally and illegally.

The information revealed that Manchester was the piracy capital of Britain, followed by Nottingham, Southampton, Liverpool and Sheffield,

The data also revealed that, globally, Britain was only second to the United States in terms of the volume of tracks downloaded illegally.

Last year, 43,263,582 music files were illegally downloaded in the UK, and the Government are now cracking down on ‘net piracy, which experts believe costs the British music industry millions of pounds per year.

Several websites have been closed down over the past twelve months.

However, Internet freedom campaigners have branded these measures draconian, as many of the sites targeted by officials are also used for legitimate sharing of non-copyrighted or public domain files.

The statistics just tracked a selection of current best-selling albums and do not represent all illegal downloads.