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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Online book piracy study

Attributor, creator of an online monitoring and enforcement service, recently released some interesting results from its study on online book piracy. The study looked at illegal downloads of 913 popular titles and found that nine million copies were illegally downloaded from October to December of 2009. Titles within the Business & Investing, Professional & Technical, and Science categories were downloaded most often. For each of the titles tracked, the average number of illegal downloads was 10,000 copies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Study is only as accurate as their detection software which seems to be limited to only piracy over the http protocol which means if it is not on a web page they don't see. Also their services do not seem to result in the takedowns of large archive files containing multiple files. Also, other internet services such as usenet and IRC are more often used by pirates of digital copies of books.

You can log into a channel like irc://irc.irchighway.net/#ebooks and find just about anything you are looking for. Along with the 200 other people logged in to the room.