Anti-Piracy Enforcer Degban Publishes Some Info-less Graphics Stating Atlanta Is File Sharingest Place On Earth

from the lies,-damned-lies-and-whatever-the-hell-this-is dept

Degban, the anti-piracy company that once took down comedian Dave Gorman's Flickr account because it thought photos of distinctive typography were actually its client's porn (and then blamed it on being hacked), has put together some very interesting (that's a colloquialism for "??!?") piracy numbers at its site.

Degban's "State of Piracy" page introduces itself with some rather ominous wording about piracy and the importance (and difficulty) of compiling accurate numbers.
When it comes to statistical data regarding content piracy, the complexity of the data and its abundance is utterly mind boggling. The data channels are scattered across geographical borders and scientific dimensions. The nature of the matter effects the data gathering process, resulting in datasets with chaotic orders and unclean results sets.

It is of grave importance, regardless of the challenge, to understand the trends and fashions behind content piracy as a thriving organism . Furthermore, appreciation of statical [sic] data regarding content piracy can be advantageous from a business intelligence point of view.
And some very fine "statical" data it is. The first chart posted is of the pie variety, breaking down the "market share" of several file storage lockers. Most of the contenders hover somewhere between 4-6% of the "market," possibly giving some credence to the MPAA's claims that Megaupload made the Internet go 'round by driving 99% of the traffic that wasn't Netflix (heavily paraphrased).

The data Degban has collected also shows the US firmly holding the lead in terms of "Origins of Pirate Peers." (USA! USA! USA!) How this number (185,290) is derived remains a mystery, but whatever it is, it's nearly nine times as much as Russia (28,001). So... who's doing all this piracy? Atlantans, apparently.


As can be seen by this chart, Atlanta is more than twice as piratey as Tacoma (?!?), the second place pirate haven, in terms of numbers lying along a Y-axis. Again, no further information is provided as to what these numbers represent, but we can certainly assume that Atlanta is the problem and Tacoma isn't helping. Once we venture beyond these two homegrown pirate bays, we see pirating is a major issue in such metropolises as Chalfont, PA and Iselin, NJ. Other cities/villages/unincorporated townships appear on the list as well, leading to questions of "Where is that, exactly?" and "Didn't that one guy used to live there... the serial killer/general store proprietor?" Cities with large populations -- New York and LA -- are pretty far down the list, which might make a lesser anti-piracy company question the quality of its data.

Degban really drives home the "Atlantans heart pirating" point with its next info-less graphic.


From this graphic portrayal of the United States battling a post-adolescent breakout of Venn diagram remnants, we can only draw one conclusion: if piracy is to be stopped, Atlanta has got to go. No more DMCA requests. No more lousy legislation. No more half-assed, self-serving infographics. You kill something by cutting off its head. The MPAA will be able to return millions of bag boys to their copyright-protected jobs just as soon as someone detaches Atlanta from the internet. And, from what I can tell of the map above, at that point, nearly all piracy will have gone away. If only Degban had made this clear earlier, we could have done away with all these lawsuits and focused in on the real piracy cancer: Atlanta.

Now, the numbers contributing to these SHOCKING bar graphs might possibly be found in this detailed, interactive (click over to Degban's site to experience this in all its glory) Google Map, which pinpoints where these "peers" are located, as well as the number of peers operating at each inverted teardrop.


Yes. There are some numbers in there, alright. Some low numbers. In fact, it's tough to find any location with more than 5 "peers." How these scattered points add up to over 10,000 pirating Atlantans is beyond me, especially considering Atlanta itself has no data point at all. None. Zip. Zero. Clearly, Degban processes data in a far advanced way, in which "0" peers means, "more than double the piracy impact of Tacoma, in which Tacoma is the number two piracy center."


You may also want to check out the dates on this map. It looks like the last data harvest was back in the spring of 2010. "OLD NEWS!!!" I hear you yell like a bunch of irate Digg members Redditors. But, how can that be? "Data is important," Degban tells us in the intro, along with this:
This section is regularly and automatically kept up to date.
From the looks of it, "regularly" means "once per decade." And "automatically" means "please delete this word from this sentence before publishing this page."

So, we have a bunch of numbers that don't add up, aren't current and do little more than randomly drop circles on maps and rub bars affectionately up against sky-high Y-axises. And yet, Degban is a well-known name in the piracy world, one that understands the "grave importance" of accurate and up-to-date statistics. To fight your enemy successfully, you must know them, and from what I'm seeing here, Degban is nearly 100% sure someone's pirating stuff somewhere.

Godspeed, number wranglers! Remind me to keep one hand on my content when passing through the muggy climes of Hotlanta or the suicidal murkiness of upstate Washington! And tell Vkontakte.ru that everyone's extremely disappointed in its lack of effort on the file sharing front.


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    That One Guy (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 8:52am

    Well as long as we're making up numbers...

    I propose that the first chart be retitled 'Favorite color by city', with the second being, 'Pigeons per square foot', as the changed graphics would be as equally linked to the 'data' they provide, while making the images much more entertaining.

     

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      twilightfog, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 5:42pm

      Re: Well as long as we're making up numbers...

      Well "wireless data communication" can also mean tying a message to a pigeon's leg. Perhaps their super advanced algorithms also took this type of "file sharing" into account?

       

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    Rikuo (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:05am

    So...does this define a peer in terms of a file-sharer on a peer-to-peer network or is it some other unknown definition that they stupidly left out?
    If so...what is it they're trying to say? That there are so few peers that the claims of a creative apocalypse are obviously overblown, or that there are so many but since the overall creative industry is still raking in record amounts of money, that we shouldn't be worried at all?

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:13am

    Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

    I'll guess it's: "GO PIRATES!"

    There is this interesting admission: "giving some credence to the MPAA's claims that Megaupload made the Internet go 'round by driving 99% of the traffic that wasn't Netflix". So at least YOU'RE beginning to use real numbers.

    Now put the admission that Megaupload cut into "Hollywood" sales with common law as the basis of copyright, and your pro-pirate stance looks a lot like advocating theft.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:17am

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      Do you know what sarcasm is?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:19am

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      Well someone missed the highly obvious sarcasm.

      Megaupload cutting into Hollywood sales is the basis of copywrite? What?

      Also the theft/stealing claim has been...

      ah screw it.

       

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      Rikuo (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:39am

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      "Exciting reading, but I don't get your point."

      I'll boil it down for you, since you've just (again) admitted how stupid you are.

      THESE GRAPHICS MAKE NO SENSE!

      The pie chart has a lot of percentages, but doesn't say what they are (Tim, are you sure it's market share? I don't see that anywhere in the pie chart graphic)
      The bar chart is ridiculous. Is it seriously saying that in a country of about 350 million people, there's only 185,000 torrenters?

       

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        Rikuo (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:41am

        Re: Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

        I also just checked the Google Maps thing for Ireland. Apparently only a total of 8 (EIGHT!) people in Ireland are peers, using peer-to-peer networks.

         

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      crade (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:44am

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      The point would be that it sure looks like these guys don't know what they are doing and it would be nice to have some real info on the impact of piracy that wasn't a complete load of crap.

       

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        crade (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:52am

        Re: Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

        Also, GO COMPETENT WORKERS and BUSINESSES!!!

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:54am

        Re: Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

        I think the point goes beyond that.

        The real point is that these are the kinds of companies that provide the "evidence" for copyright lawsuits and (indirectly) provide the data that forms the basis for copyright legislation.

        As anyone can see, the data is full of holes, but this is the data that "they" will work with.

        So, next time some idiot proposes legislation "because piracy", or some Prenda wannabe starts a lawsuit campaign against "pirates!", remember that this is the kind of data that they have.

         

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      RD, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:48am

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      SHUT

      THE

      FUCK

      UP!!

      So sick of your IMMEDIATELY jumping into EVERY fucking thread so you can exercise your "Gotta Get Mike!" muscle. Half the time you don't even post anything related to the topic, you just HAVE to be Mr. Attention Whore and scream "ME! ME! ME!" at every turn.

      Start your own fucking blog if you want a more pro-copyright forum. Oh right, you cant, because a) no one would come to it except entrenched industry players and b) you've never succeeded at anything in your life, and would just fail at this too, so instead of trying to improve yourself or your skills, you wallow in self-hate and troll boards of those who actually DO something with their lives.

       

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        crade (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:56am

        Re: Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

        Soo.. whats your point? Is it.. "go piracy!", or is it "Streisand Effect Mike" or is it "Google is my Master"? hehehe

         

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      RD, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:49am

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      Also, this:

      "There is this interesting admission: "giving some credence to the MPAA's claims that Megaupload made the Internet go 'round by driving 99% of the traffic that wasn't Netflix". So at least YOU'RE beginning to use real numbers."

      Was SARCASM, you stupid shit.

       

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      Gwiz (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:51am

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      .... with common law as the basis of copyright,...


      You still haven't given us any basis for this out-of-left-field "common law copyright theory" of yours.

      On the other hand, Karl has completely demolished this "theory" here.

      You just keep on yapping and ankle-biting on every article, don't you? Even when you are dead-wrong. Amazing.

       

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        crade (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:07pm

        Re: Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

        lol, common law. I'm just picturing people who don't have legal copyright in place all just not humming the same tune they heard someone else hum because they know it's the right thing to do. There are unicorns in the background.

         

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      Ruben, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:06pm

      Re: Exciting reading, but I don't get your point.

      Blue, your brand of copyright maximalist satire is pure genius. It's almost as if you actually believe the tripe you spew.

       

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:15am

    There are lies, damned lies,

    and then there are statistics!

     

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    dabockster, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:20am

    Tacoma, really?

    Tacoma resident here. That guy can go fall in /dev/null. Granted, I know plenty of people who pirate. But I doubt it's THAT high.

     

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      Another AC, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:50am

      Re: Tacoma, really?

      I believe you fell into the trap there. No one said (not even the pretty meaningless graphs) that Tacoma has a high rate of piracy. All it says is that a randomly-assigned number given to Tacoma is a lot higher relative to other random numbers given to other cities and towns.

       

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    Anonymouse, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:44am

    185k sharers in the US. I think piracy is solved.

     

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      crade (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:49am

      Re:

      No, no they are just at "piracy peer level" 185 000... It's completely different haha Piracy peer levels are based on some undefined value that they don't want to tell you.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:11pm

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        You simpleton.

        Piracy peer level is obviously calculated by taking the population of the city, dividing it by zero and then multiplying it by the square root of the area of the city multiplied by -1 plus a number you made up. Thusly:

        PPL=(pop/0) * sqrt(area*-1) + made_up_number

        Oh, and you obviously do these operations in R, because otherwise you wouldn't be "keeping it real".

         

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    Chosen Reject (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 11:58am

    I'm rather enjoying the map.

    Why do so many cities lie on the same latitude?

    Why are there so many places in the ocean (real pirating pirates?)?

    Why is Spokane in Idaho?

    Why is it that pirates only pirate in small cities?

     

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      Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 1:09pm

      Re:

      Why do so many cities lie on the same latitude?

      To make the smuggling routes between them more efficient.



      Why are there so many places in the ocean (real pirating pirates?)?


      Yes, really real piraty pirating pirates, like Pirate Mike Masnik!!!1!


      Why is Spokane in Idaho

      Shhhh... no ones supposed to know!


      Why is it that pirates only pirate in small cities?

      Duh... they're easier to sail in and out of withdrawing as much attention... I feel like you aren't paying attention around here anymore :P

       

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    sorrykb (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:01pm

    But such pretty colors

    Degban's website (hated to give it traffic) says it all.
    Key links at the bottom of the page:
    TOS -- Privacy -- Refund

    I want a refund of my time spent staring at unlabeled y-axes.

     

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    Jikap (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:07pm

    The Piracy activity of Atlanta is over 9000! :p

     

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    Ninja (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:15pm

    Well, considering 68% of the statistics are born out of thin air I'd say 43% of the Congress like to sniff old cheese in the morning. Yep, these seem useful and reliable statistics.

     

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    Andrew Norton (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:23pm

    Maybe he found me?

    I'm in the Atlanta area, and do a lot of torrent work, since I'm torrentfreak's researcher. Oh, and working with some of the lawyers opposing Prenda.

    Must be it, It's me, I'm the hotspot!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 12:56pm

    "scientific dimensions"? "datasets with chaotic orders and unclean results sets"?
    "the trends and fashions behind content piracy as a thriving organism"? e.o
    omfgwtf

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 17th, 2013 @ 1:47pm

    the first map clearly shows that piracy is the work of people close to water. Maybe something to do with the salt water??

     

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    Zeissmann (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 3:19pm

    I guess those numbers are about the most pirating cities in the "completely insignificant" weight category.

     

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    Tux (profile), Apr 17th, 2013 @ 7:28pm

    And once Atlanta is cut off from the internet, I can see that Dallas will be the problem next.

     

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    Sacredjunk, Apr 18th, 2013 @ 2:53am

    Nice post as usual!

    Though axises sounds wrong, isn't it axes?

     

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