by Mike Masnick

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


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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    david, 8 Feb 2012 @ 2:56pm

    The post you link to is a pretty poor study - or at least, a pretty poor summary of a study.

    1. They use proportionate traffic. Putlocker's percentage share may have increased but what about the actual amount of content flowing to and from it? They can't say that file sharing has or hasn't decreased if we aren't told the data levels flowing back and forth.
    + how are they measuring this? How many nodes are they measuring from and where are they located? Over what period did they run the measurements? How much actual data was actually captured?
    + where's FileServe? They've got Videozer (owned by FileServe) but not FileServe nor VideoBB, both more popular in terms of unique users than Videozer, FileServe hugely so.

    Jan 18th data adds up to 85.7%
    Jan 19th data adds up to 89.1%
    What makes up the rest?

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