The research reveals that the Russian Federation tops the download table with almost 22 million downloads (14.4% of the total), followed by the US with 12.5 million (8.3%), Italy with 10.5 million (7%), Brazil with 8.7 million (5.8%) and Spain with 6.3 million (4.2%).
Although there are no per-capita figures in the report, it's remarkable that medium-sized countries such as Italy (with 60 million inhabitants) or Spain (47 million) are among the top five, when compared to countries like the US (310 million) or Brazil (190 million).
Among the top ten are other European countries including France (5.5 million downloads) and the UK (5.2 million), as well as India with 5.6 million - although the percentage is not that relevant as it has a population of 1,190 million - and Canada (four million downloads).
The researchers monitored over six million downloads worldwide performed through eDonkey and BitTorrent between February 2013 and January 2014.
The most downloaded files were blockbuster movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Frozen, 12 Years a Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire being the most downloaded film.