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There Are 430 Million Active Pirates Out There

There Are 430 Million Active Pirates Out There

Added: Monday, September 30th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
A recent survey has discovered that online piracy is growing rapidly (well, this wasn’t a news). According to the estimations, 432 million people per month used the worldwide web to access copyright infringing material. Within a month, all these pirates consumed 9,567 petabytes of illegal content, mostly via BitTorrent. To put it simply, about 25% of all Internet traffic is attributed to piracy.


The conclusion of the report was also nothing new – despite anti-piracy policies and enforcement actions, piracy cannot be stopped. The researchers admit that the practice of infringement is “tenacious and persistent”. Sometimes the industry succeeds in limiting infringement, but not for long. At the moment, the piracy universe not just persists in attracting more users, but also hungrily consumes increasing amounts of bandwidth.

Among the most visible trends the observers point at direct download “cyberlockers” losing plenty of visitors within the last couple years, while other platforms, on the contrary, expanded their user bases. So, within 2012, the number of pirates using cyberlockers decreased by 8%, and the most obvious reason for this is MegaUpload shutdown. In the meantime, the number of file-sharers using BitTorrent and video streaming platforms grew by 27% and 22% accordingly.

Today most illegal file-sharers use direct download and torrent services, both accounting for 200 million unique users per month. This figures excluded users who never download any infringing content, and their share is only 4% for BitTorrent and 8% for direct download services.

The total bandwidth generated by illegal file-sharers in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific is estimated at over 9,500 petabytes of data – so, you can guess that global traffic far exceeded 10,000 petabytes. Here BitTorrent is the absolute leader, and this makes sense – people both download and upload content, thus generating twice as much traffic. At the same time, cyberlocker users downloaded relatively little data – about 338 petabytes per month.

Talking about regional trends, direct download services are preferred in the Asia-Pacific region, and BitTorrent is popular in Europe and North America. Although there is no clear way these numbers could be translated into losses for the entertainment industry, the latter will undoubtedly leave no opportunity unused to turn the results of the survey to its advantage.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

September 30th,2013

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Date:  Monday, September 30th, 2013

Comments (30) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-09-30 14:28:11)
peloe309 avatarlong live the pirate

posted by (2013-09-30 15:50:14)
crazymichael avatarThe price of CDs,DVDs and cinema tickets i'm not one little bit surprised.To buy Spyware doctor with antivirus for 1 year costs between £30-£50 why would you pay that for software.SHARING IS CARING.

posted by menTurtle (2013-09-30 15:51:39)
Paradox_x avatarGood info...

posted by (2013-09-30 16:39:49)
anubish avatarPiracy is growing cause those shits are over-priced!

posted by (2013-09-30 18:24:59)
Ceezz avatarI am pirating and buying media-CD&DVDS. I agree with peloe309, crazymichael, and anubish but my thing is half of the movies and music now are watered down; so why pay for something that's not worth it no way. A lot of stuff I download are old good music and movies.

posted by (2013-09-30 19:47:08)
diegote64 avatarA dog rains but it pours. This means that if there are many dogs, play a few fleas

posted by Turtle (2013-09-30 19:48:49)
klempner69 avatarMost of the music I get from here is ancient stuff I originally bought on LP or Cassette so I have already paid my dues!

posted by Kitty (2013-09-30 19:57:48)
Crash1 avatarThe one thing I bet they DIDN'T take into account is those people who own a LEGITIMATE copy of a DVD/CD/Game who download a copy as a backup.

Modern game DRM systems (steam excluded) prevent users from making a backup of their games, so a pirated backup is the ONLY option. (Steam allows you to re-download games registered to your account!)

I have several DVDs and games whose disks are corrupted (scratched/warped/etc) and I downloaded copies off the net rather than bear the costs of sending the damaged discs back to the distributor for replacement, with no guarantee of any action (as has happened to me TWICE ... there will be no third attempt).

The OTHER main reason for me to download is when a game/series is not available locally (either blocked by censors or cancelled by networks).
If the local networks cancel a series, while it's still ongoing elsewhere, then OF COURSE fans are going to pirate their shows.

It's not always about theft of content ... it's also about AVAILABILITY (TV & Movies) and Company policies (Game DRMs)

posted by (2013-09-30 20:00:35)
No avatarTake that mpaa and those other money sucking corporations.

posted by ET junkie (2013-09-30 20:17:29)
No avatarI second Crash1's comments. I personally had a huge dvd collection. when i got my new laptop there was no optical drive, so i had to download my favorite movies, even though i already had them on dvd.

posted by Kitty (2013-09-30 21:17:34)
Exia avatar@4 AGREED!!!!

posted by Blocked (2013-10-01 03:21:02)
No avatarThe industry doesn't lose a single cent from me: if I can't get it for free I won't bother with it. I don't buy ANY movies/music/software. I'd much rather eat for a day than buy a CD full of shite for a single decent song. If I couldn't D/L a movie for free I'd just wait 'til it hit basic cable and watch it one of the 35 times it appears on the same channel in the first week they have it.

posted by (2013-10-01 03:27:51)
ZombieTux avatarIf it was not for internet, i would not watch movies.
If it was not for movies on internet, i would not pay for internet.
A part of the money we pay for internet should support the movie industrie.

posted by (2013-10-01 04:47:10)
tablinski avatari have no excuses!! i am a pirate plain and simple.

posted by (2013-10-01 05:21:25)
steelrat avatarI also have to state, when CD's were not yet available and I was buying records, you'd get 10 good songs out of 12. Now with commercial music, you get one good song, the rest is absolute crap. That aside, mostly no one needs to buy the CD, because the one good song is played 1000 times a day on public radio. As for movies, I don't feel sorry either. I find it simply obscene that some actor would make 50 million dollars for one film. Even 1 million is overpay. So me feel sorry about some guy in Hollywood who swims in money and supports Scientology? No way.

posted by (2013-10-01 05:53:55)
mander avatarI am one of the Pirates. Why, most of the movies are not even released here in my country so what's the harm in downloading and watching them. I wouldn't have watched them any other way.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lovermen (2013-10-01 07:49:17)
Zohaib avatarLong Live Piracy ....

posted by (2013-10-01 08:18:12)
bricktop5 avatarPiracy is a victimless crime, like punching someone in the dark. I heard this from an episode of the Simpsons i downloaded.

posted by (2013-10-01 12:58:25)
No avatarIf everyone becomes a pirate, then nobody would produce anything (games, softwares, movies.

posted by (2013-10-01 13:29:49)
mab247 avatarAAARRRRRR... I love being a pirate! If they didn't try to rape my wallet I might not have to turn to stealin their stuff. LONG LIVE THE PIRATE!

posted by Blocked (2013-10-01 15:56:29)
DIGITALBUTTERFLY avatarGO TO www.the-numbers.com/weekly-bluray-sales-chart‎ AND SEE WHO'S GETTING RIPPED OFF.

posted by (2013-10-01 18:03:45)
No avatar@19, I disagree.

These fat cats need to figure out different ways to make money, they don't make the money they used to make... boohoo - they make more money than 95% of the people on this planet.

posted by (2013-10-01 21:27:17)
No avatarJust think of all the money the Jews in Hollywood are losing. It brings a 'dry' tear to my eye.

posted by (2013-10-01 22:36:38)
Benblazing avatarWho's getting rich here? Anyone? It's the "THE MAN"!! The cost keeps going up and these numbers will keep doubling!!

posted by (2013-10-02 03:32:34)
No avatarhow do i block my ip whrn downloading torrents

posted by (2013-10-02 15:40:40)
daveh avatarOut of the last 20 films I downloaded only 4 have been worth watching. The same rule applies to computer/console games.
Most pirates would not buy the film or game so are not depriving the producers of money.
#25 cyberghost or similar.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2013-10-02 22:52:18)
Kingdom_RG avatarLong live the KINGDOM Pirates and all other pirates..

posted by (2013-10-03 08:31:46)
crazycatladysarah avatartry before you buy.

posted by ET babySite FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2013-10-03 08:40:51)
cosmiclsd avatar"LONG LIVE FREEDOM!! @Zombie Tux(#13)r u kiddin,Bro/Sis? the BIG ISPrs are defo "paying to the MOVIE INDUSTRY" ya think Net Flick,et,el,jus woke up one day n decided to use the INTERNET out of "the clear blue"? What about PPV? notice how fast the Asian vids r droppin? when a movie flops,the Industry has a back-up plan to keep the "moola rollin in".soon we'll b able to watch a movie,that's currently,in the CINEMA,streamed right through the NET in the comfort of yo home.It's jus to many "cooks in the kitchen".and the Corp Scum have to figure out how to cut the "Money Pie".have ya'll seen the movie apps that are poppin up? what we do isn't,really,FREE.I have a monthly ISP bill,etc,..furthermore there's still a large segment of the "Global Internet Subscribers" that still pay 4 song downloads & other services sponsored by "the Industry" & those BUMs r still reeking n the $$$BUCKs one way or another...excellent article Sam & 2 me fellow members/pirates thanks 4 the comments..ta..ta..

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2013-10-03 16:38:14)
johnnysnake avatari didn't steal it, the internet gave it to me..

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