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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Is Material Uploaded to BitTorrent Altruistic or Profit-Driven?

Is Material Uploaded to BitTorrent Altruistic or Profit-Driven?

Is Material Uploaded to BitTorrent Altruistic or Profit-Driven?

Added: Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A recent research claims that without profit-driven publishers the material shared in BitTorrent would shrink by nearly 40%. In addition, the researchers claim that the removal of this content by anti-piracy actions may considerably affect the popularity of file-sharing websites.

The survey was conducted by Carlos III University of Madrid, where the uploaders of over 55,000 torrents on The Pirate Bay and MiniNova have been examined to find out whether their behavior was “profit-driven” or “altruistic”.

The report revealed that a few uploaders are responsible for over 2/3 of all published material and 3/4 of the downloads. The information the researchers collected on uploaded content embraced over 35 million IP addresses. Meanwhile, most of those major uploaders only publish material while consuming no content published by others, which means that their level of material publication and consumption is far too imbalanced. In addition to allocating a considerable effort for uploading material, they usually publish copyrighted content having some legal implications for them. The question the report was trying to answer is what the main incentives of content uploaders in BitTorrent are.

The researchers said that uploaders can be divided into 2 large groups: fake uploaders and top uploaders. Fake uploaders are either anti-piracy outfit or malicious users, accounting for 30% of uploaded material and 25% of downloaded content. The type of content they publish varies from video to games, while music is almost not presented. Top uploaders include an unknown portion of “profit-driven” uploaders that publish material in order to advertise their sites, accounting for 30% of published content as well, along with 40% of downloads.

All this means that if the “profit-driven” uploaders lost their financial incentives to upload copyrighted content, BitTorrent websites like TPB would be affected. Since file-sharing apparently requires people to share files, the evaporation of those “profit-driven” uploaders would lead to a significant reduction in shared material. Meanwhile, the information only involves public BitTorrent tracker websites, so if this happens, people would be forced to look for ways to gain access to private BitTorrent trackers currently existing.

January 27th ,2011

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Date:  Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-01-27 19:02:49)
MOEGAFS avatarcan some one tell me how you make money uploading torrents ?? lolz

posted by ET loverKitty (2011-01-28 02:08:44)
greymongel avatarIm guessing from Advertisments money placed on a torrent site..... thanx for the articles as always ;>

posted by (2011-01-29 16:05:15)
Brynn217 avatarUmmm.. I bleieve they are refering to the ads you also get when people searched for someone with Limewire or frostwire... Usually if you type in a title name, you get 100 ads in the search just to get you to go to their site.... Something of that nature, and something here at ET and my other private sites, we don't see...

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