quarter of Internet traffic worldwide (23.8%) involved the distribution of
infringing content, and that isn't even counting pornography. That's the bad
Over 17% of
U.S. Internet traffic is estimated to be infringing, with BitTorrent
responsible for more than half that total.
The study was
released in advance of a Panel session Monday at the Innovation Technology and
Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington.
not included not because there is not a large market in illegally distributed
porn online, but because its infringing status was "difficult to
The study found
that BitTorrent traffic, that new NBCU parent Comcast got smacked down by the
FCC for blocking, accounted for 17.9% of all Internet traffic worldwide, and
that almost two-thirds of that (63.7%) was illegally distributed content
including films, TV episodes, music, computer games and software.
concluded that video streaming is the fastest growing area of the 'net and
accounts for more than a quarter of all traffic. Almost 95% of that is copyrighted
content streamed legitimately, but that still left 5.3% illegally distributed,
or 1.4% of all Internet traffic.
calculated the percentages of infringing Internet traffic using 2009 data from
Sandvine, Cisco, Arbor Networks, and ipoque.