Study: Most BitTorent files breach copyright

Study: Most BitTorent files breach copyright

Summary: An Australian university study claims that 89 percent of BitTorrent files it examined over a certain period infringed copyrights.

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The University of Ballarat in Australia has published a research paper claiming that 89 percent of BitTorrent files it examined over a certain period infringed copyright, a result immediately hailed by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft as a victory in its war against file-sharing.

In the report, researchers from the university's Internet Commerce Security Laboratory analysed the most popular BitTorrent trackers on the Torrentz website on 21 April 2010 and scraped the information from them.

"In summary, our results indicate that 89 percent of all torrents from our sample are confirmed to be infringing copyright, both by the number of files and total number of current seeders," wrote the university in its paper. "Of the torrents in the top three categories — movies, music and TV shows — there were no legal torrents in the sample."

For more on this story, read 89% of torrents breach copyright: study on ZDNet Australia.

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  • One Word

    DUH!

    It took a Study to figure that one out? Seriously?
    bobiroc
    • RE: Study: Most BitTorent files breach copyright

      @bobiroc
      That was my thought too.
      Loverock Davidson
  • No sh!@

    Who would had guessed that. Like all it takes is to open a BT client and most if not all of the items on the list will be some sort of pirated version of copyrighted material.

    Now, that does not mean that BT is only used for illegal downloads and has no legal usage.
    wackoae