File sharing on the rise
The RIAA's bid to scare file sharers with lawsuits doesn't seem to be working. File sharing has apparently doubled over the past year.
Each day, the equivalent of roughly three billion songs or five million movies zips between computers, according to the study by Cambridge, England-based technology firm CacheLogic.
It estimates Internet users around the globe freely exchange a staggering 10 petabytes – or 10 million gigabytes – of data, much of it in the form of copyright-protected songs, movies, software and video games.
File sharers are apparently ditching mainstream networks like Kazaa and switching to alternative P2P networks that may not be closely monitored by groups like the RIAA. Files over 100MB in size are also making up the majority of traffic through P2P networks, suggesting that video sharing is becoming much more popular.