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How to Kill Internet Piracy

YouTube + Netflix = Half the Net

Stephen Green


November 19, 2013 - 3:30 pm


Maybe the Germans have a word for something which amazes you without shocking you.

The end of the report also stuck out:

Meanwhile, file sharing continued emaciating on many fixed-access networks as streaming video options like Netflix, YouTube, and others proliferate.

File sharing now accounts for less than 10 percent of total daily traffic in North America, down from the more than 60 percent it netted in Sandvine’s first Global Internet Phenomena Report released more than 10 years ago.

Five years ago, it accounted for more than 31 percent.

So it turns out, if you make movies and TV shows readily and easily available at a decent price, people don’t pirate them nearly so much.

Go figure.


Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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You can get almost any song from youtube, including live performances you wouldn't even be aware existed otherwise.
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I should point out that the internet has gotten a whole lot bigger since five years ago, so file sharing hasn't so much gotten "emaciated" as simply been surpassed by these new media. It kind of reminds me of the announcement back in the late 1990s that "mp3" had surpassed "sex" as the term most commonly entered into search engines; it didn't mean all the porn sites were going away, just that a lot more people were now taking up mp3 collecting.
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"mp3" had surpassed "sex" as the term most commonly entered into search engines

I thought people were just searching for videos of "missionary position 3-way".
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