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Illegal Downloading on the Decline as Streaming Services Grow in Norway: Report

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Norwegian research company Ipsos has released a new report, which has found that digital piracy is on the decline. The report looked at the illegal downloading of music, movies and TV shows from 2008 to 2012, and found a significant decrease in activity.

According to the report, in 2008 around 1.2 billion songs were illegally shared but by 2012 that number was down to 210 million. The report also found that in 2008 125 million movies and 135 million TV shows were copied without permission. Those figures had dropped to 65 million movies and 55 million TV shows by 2012.

The report suggests that this decline is not about stricter laws against piracy, but is a result of media companies offering consumers affordable ways to pay for content. For instance, the report found that 47% of respondents, about 1.7 million people, use music streaming services like Spotify and Wimp. Remarkably, 54% of these people are premium members, paying for ad-free access. (Via TorrentFreak).

Despite Content ID, Piracy Still Rampant On YouTube

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With 72 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute, it’s a massive undertaking for the video site to monitor it all. Content ID, YouTube’s platform for weeding out copyrighted materials uploaded to the site by cross-checking uploaded video against audio and visuals provided by content owners, has done wonders for cutting back YouTube piracy. However, Amir Efrati of the WSJ reports that illegal movie uploads are still finding their way to the site.

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Bit Torrent Traffic Up 40% During The First Half Of This Year

Traffic to Bit Torrent sites was up 40 percent in North America during the first half of this year,  according to a new report from Sandvine. The report found that upstream to Bit Torrent sites represents 36.8 percent of Web traffic. To put this in perspective, Skype and NetFlix combined represent a little more than 10 percent of upstream traffic.

However the “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2012“ report points out, “the application continues to exhibit a steady downward trend in overall traffic share, declining to 10.31% of total peak traffic from being 11.30% a half a year ago.” Still app developers should be concerned about traffic to Bit Torrent sites, as the distribution of illegal copies of copyrighted apps can be a problem on these sites. (In fact, in 2012 the Department of Justice launched its first investigation into app piracy.) Read more

Viacom Wins Reversal | Facebook on Nasdaq | Twitter’s Spam War

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Viacom Wins Reversal in Landmark YouTube Case (Reuters)
A U.S. appeals court dealt Google Inc a major defeat by reviving lawsuits by Viacom Inc, the English Premier League and various other media companies over the use of copyrighted videos on Google’s YouTube service without permission. Bloomberg Viacom sued in 2007, seeking $1 billion in damages and claiming that YouTube users were illegally uploading thousands of videos of Viacom television programs, such as South Park and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and movies from its Paramount Pictures studio. ZDNet The case translates to putting the burden of responsibility back on the website owner, rather than the uploader, which could send massive ripples through the online community from search engines to social networks, like Facebook and Google+. Gizmodo The outcome of the case will hinge entirely on whether YouTube “knew” that all of this copyrighted material was out there and what “knowing” actually means. Read more

Music Labels Pin Russian Piracy Problem on VKontakte Social Network

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As we’ve mentioned in the past, VKontakte, the largest social network in Russia, is a hotbed for all sorts of rebellious activity.  From helping to spark protests to file sharing, the site is often the subject of scrutiny and admonishment.  A recent study at Paidcontent shows that while labels are trying to improve music sales in the country, it’s been decreasing steadily due to a “culture of copyright infringement.”

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