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Study shows P2P traffic still dominated web in 2008

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 26 Feb 2009 8:48 User comments (5)

Study shows P2P traffic still dominated web in 2008 A German manufacturer of ISP traffic monitoring hardware has issued their annual report on internet traffic trends. Based on a study which focuses on South America, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Europe, the report from ipoque indicates that P2P accounts for more than half of all web traffic.
Concentrating on Germany, where their European data is the most in-depth, P2P volume was actually a smaller percent of total traffic than the previous year. But this was more than offset by general web traffic. According to ipoque this is mostly due to file hosting services like Rapidshare and Megaupload.

You could argue this shows overall file sharing is still growing faster than other traffic, but moving to less transparent venues.

This shows a fundamental flaw with the idea of stopping internet file sharing. If you assume that it can't be stopped, which appears to be the case, the next logical question is how can content owners benefit from it.

One thing that's certain is they're better served by seeing what's going on via P2P than pushing it into the dark corners of the internet and pretending they're stopping it.

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5 user comments

126.2.2009 16:18

i'm surprised it wasnt higher seeing how the countries it studied/survey'd here are well known for having high amounts of piracy from all types of media so if its 50% of the traffic its alot lower then i thought it would be but p2p isnt always some infringement even tho its seen that way.

226.2.2009 16:55

The main reason for it the CP owners refuse to knuckle down and sell to the people they ignore so much leaving niches unfilled and profit missed because they refuse to change.

Piracy will grow until media becomes cheap and easy to get.

327.2.2009 13:41

Piracy will grow until media becomes cheap and easy to get.

Also until the majority of it becomes worthy entertainment again (e.g. The Pink Panther, 88 Minutes, Speed Racer, etc...). The amount of garbage Hollywood passes off as quality entertainment is staggering. Although, there are SOME really good movies out there (e.g. Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Changeling), the percentage of these is minuscule compared to the brain-dead fodder that populates our local cinemas. Give us quality (for our 10 or $15) and I will PAY for it. Don't and I won't. Simple.

427.2.2009 13:50

bassdog69, I would replace cheap with fair. The media is used to making a killing. I would guess some real old music has produced 1000 times the profit to cost. That is really not a fair price. Because they used to be a monopoly they set the price. The industry want to sell low quality music that cost them near nothing to produce for more than a CD in a brick and morter store. That is insulting.

51.3.2009 9:13

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
The main reason for it the CP owners refuse to knuckle down and sell to the people they ignore so much leaving niches unfilled and profit missed because they refuse to change.

Piracy will grow until media becomes cheap and easy to get.
Well said Zippy!

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