Saw this today:
That's 100M people who fire up BitTorrent/uTorrent to download
*something*. And that doesn't include all the other torrent
applications out there. Or IRC/Newsgroup piracy. Or sneakernets.
For comparison, Hulu has about 30M monthly users, and Netflix is up to
16.9M users last quarter (not sure about monthly):
Also interesting to check out the growth: Vuze.com up 81% over the last
year. uTorrent up 106%. Bittorrent.com up 144%. As opposed to
hulu.com up 61%. Netflix up 8.23%.
So, piracy still bigger and still growing faster. As has been pretty
much consistently the case since the dawn of the internet. I'd wager
the trend will hold for another decade or so, if not forever.