Graduate School and Research Center in Digital Sciences

Paying for piracy? An analysis of one-click hosters' controversial reward schemes

Lauinger, Tobias; Kirda, Engin; Michiardi, Pietro

RAID 2012, 15th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses, September 12-14, 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Also published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 7462/2012

One-Click Hosters (OCHs) such as Rapidshare and now defunct Megaupload are popular services where users can upload and store large les. Uploaders can then share the les with friends or make them publicly available by publishing the download links in separate directories, so-called direct download or streaming sites. While OCHs have legitimate use cases, they are also frequently used to distribute pirated content. Many OCHs operate aliate programmes to nancially reward the uploaders of popular les. These aliate programmes are controversial for allegedly nancing piracy, and they were prominently cited in the criminal indictment that lead to the shutdown of Megaupload, once among the world's 100 largest web sites. In this paper, we provide insights into how much money uploaders of pirated content could earn on a range       of direct download and streaming sites. While the potential earnings of a few uploaders are non-negligible, for most uploaders these amounts are so low that they cannot rationally explain pro t-oriented behaviour.

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Title:Paying for piracy? An analysis of one-click hosters' controversial reward schemes
Keywords:One-Click Hosting, Piracy, Uploader Income, Affiliate programmes
Type:Conference
Language:English
City:Amsterdam
Country:NETHERLANDS
Date:
Department:Data Science
Eurecom ref:3854
Copyright: © Springer. Personal use of this material is permitted. The definitive version of this paper was published in RAID 2012, 15th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses, September 12-14, 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Also published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 7462/2012 and is available at : http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33338-5_9
Bibtex: @inproceedings{EURECOM+3854, doi = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33338-5_9}, year = {2012}, title = {{P}aying for piracy? {A}n analysis of one-click hosters' controversial reward schemes}, author = {{L}auinger, {T}obias and {K}irda, {E}ngin and {M}ichiardi, {P}ietro}, booktitle = {{RAID} 2012, 15th {I}nternational {S}ymposium on {R}esearch in {A}ttacks, {I}ntrusions and {D}efenses, {S}eptember 12-14, 2012, {A}msterdam, {T}he {N}etherlands / {A}lso published in {L}ecture {N}otes in {C}omputer {S}cience, {V}olume 7462/2012}, address = {{A}msterdam, {NETHERLANDS}}, month = {09}, url = {http://www.eurecom.fr/publication/3854} }
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