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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    Jay (profile), 8 Feb 2012 @ 4:47pm

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    I agree with the ac. It seems to be a Mega Conspiracy. On numerous occasions, Universal had shown that they will utilize every trick at their disposal to crush their competition. You also have to factor in how quickly MU was seized. It hasn't been that long since Kim announced the Mega Box. Now think about how all innovative services have to be made outside of the US. Remember iMeem? How about how quickly Universal goes after other innovative services? I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Universal put a request for immediate seizure of Kim after freaking out about his plans.

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