Studies

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, impact, infringement, whac a mole

Companies:
megaupload



Evidence Shows That Megaupload Shutdown Had No Real Impact On Infringement

from the look,-a-mole!-wac!-wac! dept

The first big analysis of what happened to file sharing via cyberlockers following the shutdown of Megaupload shows that there was no slowdown in file sharing -- it's just that the traffic moved elsewhere. The analysis, by Deepfield Networks, concludes that there was no significant drop off in file sharing in the US... but that it has become "staggeringly less efficient" from a network standpoint, because much of it moved to offshore locations over "expensive transatlantic links." This isn't a huge surprise. We've been pointing out for ages, that you can shut down as many sites as you can, and new options will always pop up. Shutting down sites has never worked, but for whatever reason, ICE and the MPAA/RIAA never seem to learn from their past mistakes.

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    al, 8 Feb 2012 @ 1:42pm

    The shut down of Megaupload has cuased more harm to legitimate users than it has cuased to unauthorized reproductions. I use the term unauthorized reproductions, because it is accurate, it is not piracy or theft.

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