Piracy websites attract billions of visits

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12163161Also see:Piracy sites draw huge traffic: Paper [IDG]
43 websites identified by brand-protection firm MarkMonitor as digital piracy sites generate 53 billion visits per year, according to a new paper sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.The paper shows the “staggering scope” of digital piracy and trade in counterfeit goods, said Steve Tepp, a senior director at the Global Intellectual Property Center at the Chamber, in a statement. The MarkMonitor paper also examined 48 sites trading in counterfeit physical goods, and found they generated 87 million visits per year.

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