Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves Digital Theft

January 31, 2011 -

According to a new study commissioned by the recently (Comcast) acquired NBC Universal and carried out by Envisonal, 23.8 percent of Internet traffic involves "digital theft." Of this 11.4 percent of this is done using the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol.

Focusing on the United States, the study estimated that 17 percent of Internet traffic is engaging in "infringing activity," with BitTorrent traffic accounting for 9 percent of that number.

Envisional's analysis of the top 10,000 peer-to-peer "swarms" found that 99.24 percent of non-pornographic material being traded was copyrighted material.

Finally the study concluded that “infringing cyberlocker sites" accounted for 5.1 percent of global Internet traffic, while "infringing video streaming sites" made up around 1.4 percent of global traffic.

Naturally, the MPAA proclaims "We Knew It!" and chides the universe for their naughty online behavior:

"Bottom line, according to this new study, nearly one-quarter of the traffic on the Internet involves the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material such as movies, TV shows, music and video games," said Bob Pisano, president and interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Whether you call it piracy, digital theft, illegal downloading or unauthorized streaming, it's stealing the creative work of others."

The study is available here in PDF format.

Source: Digital Media Wire


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Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

So, wait.... the top 10k swarm, does that mean they went after the most known or the one with the most pirated stuff? I'm pretty sure that, say, WoW's patch torrent is separated from pirate swarms here... Yet it's the same exact protocol.

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Having Comcast telling me that people pirate movies is like PETA telling me that meat is dead animal flesh.

DUHHHH!!! DELICIOUS DEAD ANIMAL FLESH!!!

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

What they call theft and infringement I call my freedom and liberty. Reform copyright to be less vague and and ends in less than 2  decades and I might respect copyright again. Then again I stopped respecting copy right after they stopped taking opened new media back.

 

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Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

Wouldn't this kinda hurt Comcast's packet inspection arguments?  They were making a big stink about how illegal downloads were hurting their network and ruining things for 'real' customers.. but if it is only 23.8% of the traffic then fiddling with it will not result in huge gains for other people.

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

so is this a report that states that internet is for porn? or copyright infringement?

 

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Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

What a load of crap, 99% of Bittorrent traffic is infringing? They're just trying to make it look like Bittorrent = infringment. And just because someone is downloading copyrighted materials from bittorrent, doesn't mean that they didn't pay for it. I've downloaded lots of content that I've already paid for because I can't find the disc it came on or some other issue. One download != one infringement.

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Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

I guess put that way, it sounds much worse then saying that 2.7% of internet traffic is theft via bittorrent.

But then the lobbyists would have more trouble getting an injunction against bittorrents.

When corporations run the government, competition will be outlawed.

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

Infringement is infringement.

Theft is theft.

Infringement is not theft. Theft is not infringement. We have two different words for a reason.

There is no such thing, nor can there ever be, as "digital theft".

Every conflation of infringement with theft is aid and comfort to those who claim to be only interested in making sure that creators and publishers of content are fairly compensated-- which is right and true-- but who are also very interested in severely limiting what you can do with content you have paid for in a futile attempt to stem the tide of pirate materials.

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

We MUST solve this problem.

I propose a two-pronged approach:

1. Tax all Internet services. We simply must compensate the content producers. It is utterly wrong other companies are making money on others' content.

2. Make use of Internet for copyright violations punishable by $1,000,000 per byte. The punitive sanctions must be a deterrent. What better way to do this thank bankrupt a few Internet nerds and their famillies.

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Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

Hahahahaha. You might as well suggest we punish people by a bajillion squijillion megadollars per nanobyte, every second of every day from now until hell freezes over, in triplicate and on a unicycle while juggling.

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

if this is true and I doubt it is why would they think knowing this is a good thing? if its so prevalent ... well good luck putting a stop to it or even making a dent.

go ahead bring the law in it doesnt work on the war on drugs or ilegal fire arms and those are much worse things with an even lower prevalence and the people even support the governments fight against it they still havent stopped it. (Im not comparing pirating to drugs)

look I dont agree with pirating I buy the things I want legitimately but lets be honest here they should be wishing they were wrong and not saying "we knew it".

they should be saying "oh crap we were right? NOW WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO T_T".

meh the numbers are a load of bull anyway.

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

"99.24 percent of non-pornographic material being traded was copyrighted material." So that's what? 1% when including pornographic material? Look, as i've stated before: Piracy? bad, breaking the law? bad, trying to put a number on how many people do this in an internet based crime? pointless. it's just never gonna be accurate.

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

For this to be even remotely accurate, then pretty much EVERYTHING on YouTube must be illegal/unauthorized videos, right?

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

I'd take that over crappy AMVs.

Re: Study: 23.8 Percent of Internet Traffic Involves ...

Hahahahahaha, Even if this is all true, i'm still laughing!

 
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