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MPAA hails Megaupload shutdown as a success

Comments suggest the seizure deterred others
Thu Dec 06 2012, 11:37

UNITED STATES COPYRIGHTS ENFORCER the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has said that the seizure of the Megaupload website had a positive impact and disrupted illegal filesharing.

Torrentfreak has published a report from the MPAA that claims that the shutdown discouraged illegal filesharing and associated websites. It added that the success has inspired the MPAA to ask for more websites to be blocked. We have asked the MPAA for a copy and comment.

"This year's seizures of and by the Department of Justice illustrate the extent and impact that hosting hubs have on the online landscape," said the leaked document authored by MPAA policy chief Michael O'Leary.

" alone was estimated to have consumed 11.4 [percent] of the Internet bandwidth in Brazil. When these two websites were taken down, many linking websites, custom search engines, and custom streaming scripts that relied on the sites for content became inoperable. Some websites were abandoned by their operators, others lost traffic, while still others shifted their business model."

Buoyed by this success, the MPAA is eyeing up other websites that it views as problematic. Surprise surprise, this includes The Pirate Bay as well as Extratorrent, Rapidgator, Isohunt, Kickass Torrents, Xunlei, Rutracker, Torrentz and a range of others. The websites vary in format, as some are hubs, some streamers, some storage and others newsgroups, and while some are free, others require paid memberships.

Some of these websites, sometimes referred to as filesharing hubs, cooled their jets in the wake of the Megaupload shutdown and, according to O'Leary, their users, of which there are millions, began flushing their virtual evidence down the virtual toilet.

"Infringing content was purged by operators in bulk, which was followed by uploaders who deleted their own files to prevent the hubs from profiting on the uploads without paying incentives," he added. "In sum, the impact of these seizures was massive and the hub landscape is still recovering." µ


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