Profiting from filesharing: A measurement study of economic incentives in cyberlockers

Zubin Jelveh, Keith Ross

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    Abstract

    This short paper presented a prelimary economic analysis of incentives in cyberlockers based on measurement results from three different types of sites related to cyberlockers. We found: • The fastest growing cyberlockers in terms of links posted on FilesTube and Teh Paradox forum are those which offer incentive plans. • The end of incentive plans at Rapidshare was followed by a major drop-off in uploader activity on that site. The number of Rapidshare links on FilesTube fell by 67% in the months after the plans were terminated. Rapidshare links fell by 95% on the Teh Paradox forum. • It is possible for uploaders on FileSonic to earn sizeable amounts from their activities. The average daily earnings for those who posted screenshots on a web forum was $33.69 with one uploader reporting earnings of $226.27 per day. • FileSonic places a higher value on uploaders who can entice downloaders to buy premium memberships rather than uploaders who post popular files. The average earnings for uploaders who chose the pay-per-sale incentive scheme was $46.10 versus $21.12 for those who chose the pay-per-download scheme.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2012 IEEE 12th International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing, P2P 2012
    Pages57-62
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2012
    Event2012 IEEE 12th International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing, P2P 2012 - Tarragona, Spain
    Duration: Sep 3 2012Sep 5 2012

    Publication series

    Name2012 IEEE 12th International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing, P2P 2012

    Other

    Other2012 IEEE 12th International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing, P2P 2012
    CountrySpain
    CityTarragona
    Period9/3/129/5/12

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software

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