Report: The MegaUpload Shutdown Hasn’t Reduced File-Trading at All

In the moments immediately following the MegaUpload shutdown, global internet traffic dipped an astounding 2-3 percent.

Unfortunately for the feds, that didn’t last for long.  According to an assessment recently published by DeepField Networks, file-trading volumes basically returned to ‘normal’ as rival services started picking up the slack.  “The main impact of the MegaUpload takedown? Well, file-sharing has not gone away,” a researcher from DeepField wrote.  “It did not even decrease much in North America.”

So, not much for a victory there.  But the raids have created a disturbances in file delivery and ease-of-trading, for what it’s worth. “Mainly, file sharing became staggeringly less efficient,” the assessment continued.

The reasons for the inefficiencies are complicated or simple, depending on how you look at it. Essentially, there are really a lot of file-trading lockers and swapping services, but a very limited number of mega-hosting and delivery hubs to handle all of that traffic.  “Although there are hundreds of file sharing sites, an extremely small number of colo-location providers (six of them) provide infrastructure to these sites that generate more than 80 percent of all internet file sharing traffic.”

MegaUpload employed significant server infrastructure in the US, which means the action is now more-or-less shifting across the Atlantic.  “Instead of terrabytes of North America MegaUpload traffic going to US servers, most file-sharing traffic now comes from Europe over far more expensive transatlantic links.”

Here’s the ‘before,’ right before the raids (check out MegaVideo at the bottom).

And the ‘after,’ the day after the raids (check out Putlocker).

So, same volumes, less snappiness and cost-efficient delivery, at least in the short term.  Or, maybe the long-term, depending on how over-the-top this anti-piracy enforcement campaign grows.  But does that mean the shutdown was essentially useless?  Outside of file-trading volumes and routing details, the ‘ripple-effect’ of policy changes and shutdowns is getting a lot of attention.  Most recently, the shut-and-run list includes BitTorrent tracking giant BTjunkie, with others likely to follow.

21 Responses

  1. Nate

    So are we supposed to believe that MegaUpload shouldn’t have been shut down? What’s the point of the graphs?

    • Visitor

      you’re supposed to see that the entire concept is whackamole and in the end it will do absolutely nothing to prevent piracy. but it sure looks exciting. who doesnt like a helicopter raid?

      • So We Should Do Away With All

        …because arresting murderers, rapists, drug dealers, bank robbers doesn’t stop murder, rape, drug trafficking nor bank robbing.

        Ridiculous premise.

        And please don’t take the obvious tangent that “file-sharing” isn’t murder, rape, etc. The point is: our society depends upon our laws being upheld. Think copyright laws are bad? Great. Lobby to have them changed. Until then, U.S. law enforcement should continue to investigate and act on illegal parasites like MegaUpload.

          • Yves Villeneuve

            I don’t believe racial inequality was ever a law in the USA but that doesn’t mean it did not exist. Is your statement the truth, misinformation or disinformation?

            Don’t let hackers and thieves control/dictate the Internet and legal commerce.

          • CK

            How low is your IQ bigot? Segregation was written in the Jim Crow laws! Not all laws are ment to be upheld some just represents the idiots people dimwittingly elect to office of power.

          • Yves Villeneuve

            Like I said, “I believe” but did not state as fact yet asked for clarification which you offered…however I am not an expert in USA law history (most of us are not) therefore I cannot vouch for your information either way. I will say racial inequality laws may have existed in Southern States before the American Civil War.

            I will state the fact I am not a bigot and nowhere will you find statements made by me implying I am a bigot. I challenge you to find one.

            You are obviously disinforming by claiming I am a bigot without evidence. I don’t know if you are simply trying to entertain as a troll.

          • Yves Villeneuve

            In the moments immediately following the MegaUpload shutdown, global internet traffic dipped an astounding 2-3 percent. Unfortunately for the feds, that didn’t last for long. According to an assessment recently published by DeepField Networks, file-trading volumes basically returned to ‘normal’ as rival services started picking up the slack. “The main impact of the MegaUpload takedown? Well, file-sharing has not gone away,” a researcher from DeepField wrote. “It did not even decrease much in North America.”

            So, not much for a victory there. But the raids have created a disturbances in file delivery and ease-of-trading, for what it’s worth. “Mainly, file sharing became staggeringly less efficient,” the assessment continued.

            The reasons for the inefficiencies are complicated or simple, depending on how you look at it. Essentially, there are really a lot of file-trading lockers and swapping services, but a very limited number of mega-hosting and delivery hubs to handle all of that traffic. “Although there are hundreds of file sharing sites, an extremely small number of colo-location providers (six of them) provide infrastructure to these sites that generate more than 80 percent of all internet file sharing traffic.”

            MegaUpload employed significant server infrastructure in the US, which means the action is now more-or-less shifting across the Atlantic. “Instead of terrabytes of North America MegaUpload traffic going to US servers, most file-sharing traffic now comes from Europe over far more expensive transatlantic links.”

            Here’s the ‘before,’ right before the raids (check out MegaVideo at the bottom).

            And the ‘after,’ the day after the raids (check out Putlocker).

            So, same volumes, less snappiness and cost-efficient delivery, at least in the short term. Or, maybe the long-term, depending on how over-the-top this anti-piracy enforcement campaign grows. But does that mean the shutdown was essentially useless? Outside of file-trading volumes and routing details, the ‘ripple-effect’ of policy changes and shutdowns is getting a lot of attention. Most recently, the shut-and-run list includes BitTorrent tracking giant BTjunkie, with others likely to follow.

        • D.

          “…because arresting murderers, rapists, drug dealers, bank robbers doesn’t stop murder, rape, drug trafficking nor bank robbing.

          Ridiculous premise.”

          Oh, all these crimes have been stopped? Awesome.

  2. Yves Villeneuve

    Keep whacking those moles and make life hard for those file sharers.

  3. Canadian Rick

    a lot of sizzle but after awhile people start asking “where’s the steak I ordered?” Saw a free screening of Safe House on Wednesday, supposed to start at 7 but the packed theater all waited for 45 minutes while the “keys” were expected to arrive so the kid up in the room could run the flick. So-so movie and I’m willing to bet that had I stayed home I could have seen it before 7 that night lol. Told my fellow audience members that “our city is-well WAS anyway, well known for offering bootleg copies and anyone wanna know what is actual fact at how much of it ACTUALLY gets done? Pretty much the min. wage kid up in the projection room (oops sorry, it’s mostly computers now) just stuck a jump drive of sorts in the side of the unit and then passed it around later..to the rest of the world. Here’s the punchline and a real funny one at that, he didn’t make a cent doing so and he’ll still have a job like this 5 years from now-no, not dissin’ him because of his longevity BUT the longevity of even movie theaters no matter how much they charge us for that ripoff popcorn and icy water-soda pop. Oh yeah, we took our own bottled waters, licorice, chocolate, juice etc., think all told for 4 people we paid about 10 bucks for the goodies, would have maxed out my Visa card if I had wanted to get it all at the theater’s concessions.

  4. Canadian Rick

    oh yeah, I submitted my post above and now at approx. 1/2 of the month of using my $53/month service from my ISP AND they have a 60GB limit/cap for such accounts, I do believe with what my family and I d/l, we’re closer to 300GB and still half the month to go. Why don’t they enforce their actual limit-the limit I pay for and can actually see is the allotment in the policies? Guess it’s because they disagree with even their own terms and know they’re the preferred choice for all competition. Our Canadian government would like that to stop BUT with what Openmedia has been duking it out with them in the past, the govt. will actually lose but good on ’em for at least going with the “theory” that they’re supporters of big business…. Think I’m wrong, take smoking cessation products for an example. We know smoking is bad for us but for all those aids created to allow smokers to slowly nix the habit, the price of those products is just about par with the actual killer product. I don’t smoke but one day asked another, “do they charge so much because Johnny Smoker has a pack a day for 5 days and on the 6th and 7th he does the gum thing because he really wants to quit or has a little less cash for the actual pack of smokes? One would assume that IF you really want a smoker to quit, you’d offer the gum at a much lower price and it’s not like as a regular gum chewer that I wish to buy Nicorette gum instead of Dentyne….. Long paragraph for a reason, speed readers, outta luck LOL

  5. Yves Villeneuve

    @CanadianRick, You have loads of misinformation to share with the rest of us and I suggest you stop being the Profit Police: No one is telling you how much you can earn based on Supply and Demand factors.

  6. intel much?

    The only real information this report is providing, is the hosting companies that currently profit from piracy.

  7. oh

    Making a note never to do any business with these hosts. Thanks DMN!