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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MegaUpload Shutdown Didn’t End Piracy

MegaUpload Shutdown Didn’t End Piracy

MegaUpload Shutdown Didn’t End Piracy

Added: Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Following recent events, when dozens of online services were taken offline, started with MegaUpload’s shutdown, Filesonic and BTjunkie decided to stop their support for file-sharing. This made the entertainment industry think they can already celebrate their victory.

However, the reviews made by the industry members over file-sharing in the post-MegaUpload era proved that such celebration is a bit premature. If you want to find out the role of MegaUpload in the file-sharing community, you can take a look at the figures. For instance, the service accounted for 30% to 40% of all the file-sharing traffic, but right after it was shut down in the middle of January, the overall traffic dropped between 2% and 3%. The same study pointed out that only a handful of file-sharing portals constituted the majority of the overall file-sharing traffic.

For example, MegaVideo accounted for an astounding 34% of all file-sharing traffic last month, just before the government raid. At the same time, Filesonic had 19% of the market share. The research revealed that former MegaUpload users focused on similar portals, like Putlocker or Mediafire. However, the migration only had insignificant impact, taking into account that MegaUpload’s servers mostly relied on the US server provider called Carpathia Hosting.

In spite of the efforts of the content industry to fight online piracy, coupled with those of the American government, the facts are that the file-sharing community is not going to fall at all. The news emerged that the world’s largest torrent tracker The Pirate Bay is currently adopting magnet links instead of .torrent files, at the same time introducing another new feature – downloading physical objects. Both of the features were announced before the authorities’ raid, but now their development became of the primary importance for The Pirate Bay. The site operators are doing everything very fast, so the downloaders won’t be waiting for long.

Bottom line is that act of MegaUpload’s disappearance wasn’t unnoticed, though the BitTorrent community is still moving further, with the community finding new ways of keeping the sharing culture alive.

February 15th,2012

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Date:  Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-02-15 19:48:34)
Joypadder avatardamn n i bet they were hoping shutting down mega would bring p2p to a halt oh well better luck next time

posted by Blocked (2012-02-15 20:14:16)
williebk avatarBelieve me, they didn't even put a dent in piracy with the MegaUpload shutdown. I've been in the computer game since the late 70's when we used FTP file sharing back then. We could easily go back old school. With the bad world economy now, you think people care about piracy. Get real!

posted by Turtle (2012-02-15 23:57:32)
bigcow2k avatarmorons... how long is it gonna take them to realise that they can never ever end piracy?

posted by ET lover (2012-02-16 00:04:09)
SyKoTiK avatar@williebk:
There are all sorts of ways to "pirate" a file. Off the top of my head, just to list a few protocols that could be used, there's: BitTorrent, Gnutella, FTP/SFTP, DCC/XDCC, HTTP(s), and eMail (possibly with the use of a file-splitter/parser to send in multiple piece).

Sites like MegaUpload, Filesonic, and RapidShare are more-or-less nothing in the larger picture that is online piracy, in my opinion. Shutting down any one of those services (or all of them) will not even put much of a dent in piracy, and it's funny to think that some agency/bureau actually thinks that it's going to do anything except make end-users switch to using a different site/service/protocol.

If they wanted to end piracy completely, regardless of what site/protocol/service/medium was being used, the answer is simple: make everything free. Since that's not going to happen (or at least, it's not LIKELY to happen in our lifetime), they should just give up and acknowledge that the "pirates" have won (for now).

posted by (2012-02-16 11:38:29)
The_Ritty avatarI remember the good old days of file sharing in the 70's too........hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....ha

posted by (2012-02-16 11:40:35)
The_Ritty avatarplus isn't grand the way the ent industry can pretty much charge whatever they want for things like 10 cent dvds... There's no law that prevents the studios for gauging us - no were the thieves....

posted by (2012-02-16 23:09:11)
ic3m4l3 avatarMegaUpload Shutdown Didn’t End Piracy

well DUH!! obviously

posted by (2012-02-17 13:50:25)
drslimshaddy avatarthey can't Ebd piracy by shutting down one site

personally the megu shut didn"t affect me as m always in the p2p arena

posted by (2012-02-18 00:28:47)
Erik2012 avatarthey won't win this fight

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