The initial word on MegaUpload, the file sharing site that was (almost) famous for its high-profile takedown last year. MusicAlly points out that a new study called ‘Holiday Pictures or Blockbuster Movies? Insights into Copyright Infringement in User Uploads to One-Click File Hosters’ takes a look at six file-sharing sites to see how many of their files were copyrighted content. The findings? Blurry, at best.
The report looked at Filefactory, Easy-share, Filesonic, Wupload, Megaupload and Undeadlink. The report was done by Northeastern University in Boston, and it found that 26% to 79% of the files on MegaUpload were copyright infringing files.
I give this anywhere from a 10% to 90% chance of being right. Which means, they were largely unable to tell what happened with most of these files.
“We assess the status of these files with regard to copyright infringement and show that at least 26% to 79% of them are potentially infringing. Perhaps surprising after the shutdown by the FBI for alleged copyright infringement, we found Megaupload to have the second highest proportion of legitimate files in our study.”
The report also said "4.3% of files analysed from it were certified as legitimate, versus 31% that were potentially infringing, and 64.7% that couldn’t be classified."
So if MegaUpload was a beehive of copyright infringing files, they should obviously be held accountable. The jury is still out on that.