Science & Technology

Report: MegaUpload Raid Affected Millions of Legitimate Files

Though the likely made up only a small percentage of file-sharing service


THE UNITED STATES government shutting down filesharing websites might be a blunt tool that harms individuals more than it helps industry.

A report from Northeastern University in Boston first noticed by Torrentfreak found that while there was some copyrighted material on the filesharing websites, there were also a lot of legitimate files.

The report found that while there is only what looks like a small amount of legitimate material, it all adds up, and that becomes a particularly bad thing when other content is whipped away by the authorities and perhaps lost forever.