Trying to stamp out piracy completely is clearly an unlikely thing to accomplish. Earlier this month, the United States and other countries suddenly launched a massive enforcement operation against SPARKS and its affiliates, which led to the closure of at least 29 websites in 18 regions and the destruction of a significant amount of pirated resources. According tomedia reports, as of the end of August, television, animation, games, e-books and other categories of pirated resources distribution has not changed much.
But after the raids, those numbers dropped to almost zero and continue to this day.
Sources in the piracy community say it’s only a matter of time before the new Warez Sence crew gives up and SPARKS returns. At the same time, pirates are continuing to renovate their methods, and the infamous Pirate Bay is still in operation, not to mention other small fish and shrimps.
ItIF’s new DMCA status report shows that online piracy is transitioning from P2P downloads to P2P streaming, showing no sign of abating as a result of law enforcement actions.