Peer-to-peer (P2P) / Streaming

Copyright violations cost rights holders billions of dollars in lost revenues annually. If copyright is being infringed, chances are the perpetrators are either streaming or using peer-to-peer technology (P2P). Let’s take a closer look at each and what can be done.



P2P systems allow users to share media anonymously – which explains why they are often associated with piracy and copyright violation. These networks typically allow users to control key parameters, including the services they offer, the number of members allowed at any given time and whose systems to connect to. How much P2P traffic is piracy? According to credible research, almost all of it. The Pirate Bay is the most notorious of all P2P networks.


Streaming sites

Until recently, anyone disinclined to pay for a television series or a film would use a P2P network. There is now a trend shift underway towards streaming sites – largely due to improved connectivity around the world. According to industry figures, visits to piracy websites exceed 100 billion annually. The majority of pirates are operating from desktops and laptops to create streaming sites.


Cyberlockers – a growing challenge

Sadly, internet piracy is many-headed hydra. There are always new challenges emerging. Here’s one to keep a watchful eye on. Cyberlockers are online services that allow you to store and share large files. Typically users get a web link (or URL) to share files, with providers normally offering some storage and downloading services for free and charging for better storage and faster file transfers. While they have plenty of legitimate applications, cyberlockers are increasingly being used to illegally share copyrighted material.

Users find the content they’re looking via search engines. To have any hope of cutting off illicit traffic, a basic understanding of how search engines work is necessary and what proactive measures are needed to support anti-counterfeiting online.