Megaupload shutdown has little effect on file-sharing traffic

Megaupload has been down for three weeks now, and while Internet traffic took a dive in the immediate aftermath of the shutdown, file-sharing activity has not decreased, with users simply moving to other services, according to a new report.

As noted by ITWorld, Much of the file-sharing activity has now shifted to Europe, and in particular, a site known as Putlocker, DeepField Networks said in a blog post this week.

On Jan. 18, one day before Megaupload was taken offline for massive copyright infringement, it had 34.1 percent of all file-sharing traffic, followed by FileSonic at 19.1 percent. Putlocker, RapidShare, and Vidoezer all had about 4 percent. "MegaVideo was clearly the king," DeepField wrote. "In turn, most MegaVideo servers leveraged U.S.-based servers in Carpathia Hosting with some traffic going to Leaseweb servers in the Netherlands and other European providers / facilities."