According to the latest report released by NBC Universal and Envisional 23.8% of global traffic involves “digital theft” via activity through BitTorrent, cyberlockers and unauthorised video streaming sites.
The report will no doubt stir up strong points of view from all quarters, you can download it from here.
Taken from the Executive Summary:
BitTorrent traffic is estimated to account for 17.9% of all internet traffic. Nearly two-thirds of this traffic is estimated to be non-pornographic copyrighted content shared illegitimately such as films, television episodes, music, and computer games and software (63.7% of all bittorrent traffic or 11.4% of all internet traffic).
Cyberlocker traffic – downloads from sites such as MegaUpload, Rapidshare, or HotFile – is estimated to be 7% of all internet traffic. 73.2% of non-pornographic cyberlocker site traffic is copyrighted content being downloaded illegitimately (5.1% of all internet traffic).
Video streaming traffic is the fastest growing area of the internet and is currently believed to account for more than one quarter of all internet traffic. Analysis estimates that while the vast majority of video streaming is legitimate, 5.3% is copyrighted content and streamed illegitimately1, 1.4% of all internet traffic.
Other peer to peer networks and file sharing arenas were also estimated to contain a significant proportion of infringing content. An examination of eDonkey, Gnutella, Usenet and other similar venues for content distribution found that on average, 86.4% of content was infringing and non-pornographic, making up 5.8% of all internet traffic.Tweet