After the shutdown of the popular P2P music/file sharing program Limewire, the NPD Group is reporting a drop in overall piracy going on!
Here are some deets:
Filesharing activity fell from 12% of U.S. Internet users in the third quarter of last year-the last quarter the service was active-to 9% in the fourth quarter after the service was shut down.
NPD estimates that's 12 million more people downloading music illegally then there are today. In that same time, NPD says the average number of music files downloaded from P2P services fell from 35 tracks per user to 18.
Just the announcement of the impending lawsuit against the program caused users to abandon the ship, dropping the amount from 56% to 32%. Quite the fall!
As you'd expect, this wasn't the only way to get illegal music out there, so NPD will be watching to see if other ways spike in activity.
Limewire had been around for so long that its shut down has had a huge effect!
How do U feel about music piracy and the sinking of the Limewire Pirate Ship??
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