Internet piracy changes shape

A study released in 2010 found that despite peer-to-peer networking downloading falling by 15 percent, Internet piracy of content increased by 3 percent over the same period. The study found that the cause of the increase was due to less people using file-sharing networks but instead downloading songs directly from websites and utilizing streaming content services on the Internet.

Counterfeit Louis Vuitton seizures in 2009

In 2009, luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton initiated action that lead to nearly 9,500 seizures of counterfeit goods bearing their logo, such as counterfeit purses. The total counterfeit goods seized was 31 percent higher than the 2008 total.

Internet piracy of porn

Web video hosting sites similar to YouTube has severely impacted the porn industry, according to executives. In 2009, DVD sales decreased by 20 percent, with Internet piracy playing a key role. There are up to 1,000 “tubes” sites that either play pirated movies or amateur content. Industry leader Vivid Entertainment stated that it sends several hundreds of take down notices to websites that are pirating their content.