The document, 30-pages long, talks about file sharing sites, torrents, cyberlockers, phishing attacks, expectations from internet service providers, mp3 sites and a lot more. The document is a global view representation of IFPI’s “problems”, “current and future threats” and the industry’s responses to them notes TorrentFreak.
IFPI has classified the illegal content into two forms: the one available on end user systems and another that is available on hosting servers or cyberlockers.
IFPI considers P2P based file sharing a threat under the first category and content shared through BitTorrent, Gnutella, DirectConnect, eDonkey and Ares falls under this class. The report states that it has taken actions against these sites but, no detailing is available. It is believed though that IFPI might have targeted staff of these sites.
Under the cyberlockers or hosting server category it has listed 236 lockers that were tracked in 2011 and out of those filesonic.com was on the top followed by wupload.com / co.uk, fileserve.com, 4shared.com with rapidshare.com taking up the 5th place. IFPI expects these so called cyberlockers to filter content proactively and if they fail to do so, the implications would be more or less on the lines of the fate of megaupload.com.
IFPI further talks about blocking of sites in the report and specifically those that are hosting illicit material outside its jurisdiction. The report reads, “The effectiveness of such a ‘block’ will depend on the determination of the ISP subscriber and the content/website provider to maintain access to each other and to use circumvention techniques to bypass blocking techniques.”
Concluding the report, IFPI stresses on the importance of “co-operation, partnerships and information exchange” and the building of relationships with law enforcement, judges and legal bodies in order to “provide training built around ‘real world’ experiences and challenges rather than focusing on theory.”