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Thursday, 27 January 2011 10:59

Most piracy is conducted by 100 people

Written by Nick Farell
y_analyst

Surprise results from a Spanish study
Most of the world's internet piracy is carried out by 100 people, according to a surprising report from a Spanish university. Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) examined the behaviour of the users who are responsible for publishing over 55,000 files on the Mininova and The Pirate Bay sites.

Professors Rubén Cuevas, Carmen Guerrero and Ángel Cuevas said that a small group of users of these applications (around one hundred) is responsible for 66 percent of the content that is published and 75 percent of the downloads. In other words: the great success of a massively used application like BitTorrent depends on a few users. 

The study by the researchers at this public university in Madrid, in collaboration with scientists at the IMDEA Networks Institute, the University of Oregon (USA) and the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), identifies who these users are and what their incentives for massively publishing contents are. In one group there are the "fake publishers” which are organisations fighting illegal downloading and malicious users who publish a large quantity of false files in order to protect copyrights and spread infected software. Then there is the group includes a small number of users (known as "top publishers") who massively publish contents on BitTorrent and make a profit off of this activity.

They make their cash from on-line advertising and, to a lesser degree, from VIP subscriptions held by users who wish to speed up the downloading of the contents.  "If these users lose interest in this activity or are eliminated from the system, BitTorrent’s traffic will be drastically reduced", the authors of the study predict.


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+46 #1 Ghost0fSparta 2011-01-27 11:18
I'd say the biggest thiefs are the big media companies themselves!

The 5 biggest media companies in the US are:

1. Walt Disney Company : Robert Iger (President & CEO)

2. Time Warner Inc : Gerald Levin (Chairman & CEO)

3. Viacom Inc : Sumner Redstone, born Murray Rothstein (Chairman), Philippe P. Dauman (CEO)

4. News Corporation : Rupert Murdoch (Chairman & CEO)

5. Sony Corporation of America : Howard Stringer (Chairman & CEO)

And they are all run by, well .. I guess you already know ... don't wanna be called antisemitic here.
 
 
+32 #2 Warrior24_7 2011-01-27 12:12
"Most piracy is conducted by 100 people"...Really? A university should NEVER put their name on anything this stupid and think themselves a place of "higher learning" :D
 
 
+34 #3 thematrix606 2011-01-27 13:00
Quoting Ghost0fSparta:
I'd say the biggest thiefs are the big media companies themselves!

The 5 biggest media companies in the US are:

1. Walt Disney Company : Robert Iger (President & CEO)

2. Time Warner Inc : Gerald Levin (Chairman & CEO)

3. Viacom Inc : Sumner Redstone, born Murray Rothstein (Chairman), Philippe P. Dauman (CEO)

4. News Corporation : Rupert Murdoch (Chairman & CEO)

5. Sony? Corporation of America : Howard Stringer (Chairman & CEO)

And they are all run by, well .. I guess you already know ... don't wanna be called antisemitic here.


Hey you narrowed it down to 5! Great job! :D
 
 
-20 #4 smnoamls 2011-01-27 13:09
Quoting Ghost0fSparta:
And they are all run by, well .. I guess you already know ... don't wanna be called antisemitic here.


And you DON'T want to sound antisemitic?
First not all of these guys are jewish.
Second, what does your comment even have to do with the price of beans?
 
 
-9 #5 123s 2011-01-27 13:17
torrents >.<
 
 
+13 #6 Reavenk 2011-01-27 14:54
Quote:
In one group there are the "fake publishers” which are organisations fighting illegal downloading and malicious users who publish a large quantity of false files in order to protect copyrights and spread infected software.


I dare wonder if they're concluding that spreading malware and protecting copyrights are synonymous (*sarcasm).

Quote:
"If these users lose interest in this activity or are eliminated from the system, BitTorrent’s traffic will be drastically reduced"


Sounds more like a piracy vacuum would form that would soon be filled again.
 
 
+3 #7 Tasty Taste 2011-01-27 15:18
Dont forget Bobby (blobby dick) Kotick
 
 
+18 #8 Lynk 2011-01-27 15:38
Silly conclusion. Uploads may be done by 100 accounts, that doesn't mean that only 100 people are involved. How many are behind the scenes supporting them ? By the way don't Universities have better ways of spending their time and money ?
 
 
-20 #9 fuadzilla 2011-01-27 17:31
fock the swej!!! fock em fock em fock em!!! focking swej!!! go to hell!!! Earth doesn't need you!!! fock you!!! focking scums!!! :sad: :cry: fock you.
 
 
-8 #10 Bl0bb3r 2011-01-27 18:31
From what I understood, these 100 people represent the scene leakers... and the story is partially right.

If the Scene wouldn't have leaks, none of us wouldn't have access to pirated content, so nothing to upload and/or share over BitTorrrent. The tech wouldn't be any more successful that a sourceforge project, file lockers would be scarce and it would also have a negative impact on the profitability of software overall, quite the oposite of what MAFIAA states!

But just because they make money out of leaking cracked and ripped stuff, there probably won't ever be a "drastically reduced" outcome.
 

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