A ‘study’ it put together for the US Chamber of Commerce is supposedly about counterfeiting and ‘piracy’ in general terms.
But, big surprise, file sharing gets most of the attention.
According to the company, it’s responsible for more than a quarter of the guestimated $200 billion in lost sales. And the BBC obligingly picks it up with >>>
A study by anti-fraud firm MarkMonitor has offered a snapshot into the changing nature of online piracy.
It monitored illegal traffic levels on 43 file-sharing sites and found that they generated more than 53 billion visits per year.
The top three – RapidShare.com, Megavideo.com and Megaupload.com – generated more than 21 billion visits.
Such sites are becoming as popular as peer-to-peer methods of accessing illegal content.
The study only used a small sample of sites suggesting that the problem could be in fact much bigger.
“The numbers are staggering,” said Charlie Abrahams, vice president of MarkMonitor.
Steve Tepp, too, reckons it’s “staggering”.
Senior director of internet counterfeiting and piracy for the global intellectual property center (SDoICaPftGIPC, for short) at the US Chamber of Commerce, “We have known for a long time that rogue websites, those dedicated to piracy and counterfeiting, were flourishing at our expense” MarkMonitor has him stating, going on:
“Now we begin to see the staggering scope of this problem—more than 53 billion visits on rogue sites”, he says, declaring:
“And the MarkMonitor study is just the tip of the iceberg, identifying only a portion of the colossal amount of Internet traffic related to online counterfeiting and digital piracy. The study’s findings underscore the urgency to address this epidemic in order to protect consumers, allow the legitimate Internet marketplace to flourish, and create jobs in America.”
Expect to see this ‘study’ quoted ad nauseum in ‘findings’ emanating from various entertainment cartel disinformation units.
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