The market of Internet piracy has been historically dominated by Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing networks. In the last years illegal downloads have transited to Direct Download Links (DLL) and Online Streaming Sites (OSS) due to the increase in broadband penetration, improvements in the quality of DDL-Sites vs. P2P, the ease of use, access and sharing.
When content leaks, it is first shared on DDL and OSS, only in a later phase the content downloaded from server side is shared on P2P networks. By targeting the root of illegal content distribution, Sortag thus works to choke its flow.
The advantages of fighting Direct Download and Streaming Sites can be summarized by the following points below:
Internet Piracy cost the film industry $6.1 billion in 2005Motion Picture Association of America
Copyright infringement overall resulted in $18.3 billion in trade losses in 2007International Intellectual Property Alliance
Copyright infringement also costs the U.S. 750,000 jobs per yearU.S. Chamber of Commerce