Rightscorp supports the calculation that there were 132 billion mp3 files and 11 billion movies downloaded illegally in the US in 2011. These industries have published no official figures since 2008. This equals 143 billion downloads a year. Every download means at least one upload, so there are at least 143 billion infringements of these files being uploaded.
Another way to size the market is by households. There are approximately 80 million households in the US with broadband. There are 250 million BitTorrent users worldwide. If 10% of those BitTorrent users are in the US, that is 25 million users, approximately 31% of US households.
In the United States, 17.53% of Internet traffic was estimated to be infringing. A breakdown of internet usage yields the following results:
Globally 23.76% of traffic was estimated to be infringing.
P2P applications: BitTorrent, eDonkey, Ares, Gnutella, iMesh (a client that connects to a legitimate music network), and four clients predominantly used in Asia: Foxy (a variant of Gnutella), Share and Winny (two popular Japanese networks), and Thunder (a download manager / P2P application popular in China where it is usually known as ‘Xunlei’). Absent are some well-known protocols such as Shareaza and DirectConnect. (Peer to peer television (P2P TV) clients such as PPLive and PPStream are classified as ‘Real time entertainment’.) The chart below shows the percentage use of these P2P networks in each of the regions examined. Usage differed from region to region. The data is the average downstream usage of each application.
Source: 2010, Sandvine
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