The Megaupload Takedown Killed At Least 10 Million Innocent Files
Gizmodo - 10/19/2013
Researchers at Boston’s Northeastern University, together with colleagues from France and Australia, ran a study to try to check that copyright-infringement status of a ton of files that had been Megauploaded shortly before the takedown. Examining metadata from links to content that had been hosted on Megaupload, the researchers took representative samples of 1,000 files at a time, and manually decided if they were infringing, non-infringing, or undecided.
In the end, the researchers found that a whopping 31 percent of Megaupload’s content was clearly infringing, but at least 4 percent of the 250 million uploads—which translates to roughly 10 million files—was clearly not. On top of that, there was a majority of 65 percent where the researchers couldn’t tell one way or the other.