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Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Exploring Illegal Streaming Cyberlockers

Ibosiola, D; Steer, B; Garcia-Recuero, A; Stringhini, G; Uhlig, S; Tyson, G; (2018) Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Exploring Illegal Streaming Cyberlockers. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Web And Social Media. (pp. pp. 131-140). Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI): Stanford, CA, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Online video piracy (OVP) is a contentious topic, with strong proponents on both sides of the argument. Recently, a number of illegal websites, called streaming cyberlockers, have begun to dominate OVP. These websites specialise in distributing pirated content, underpinned by third party indexing services offering easy-to-access directories of content. This paper performs the first exploration of this new ecosystem. It characterises the content, as well the streaming cyberlockers' individual attributes. We find a remarkably centralised system with just a few networks, countries and cyberlockers underpinning most provisioning. We also investigate the actions of copyright enforcers. We find they tend to target small subsets of the ecosystem, although they appear quite successful. 84% of copyright notices see content removed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Exploring Illegal Streaming Cyberlockers
Event: Twelfth International Conference on Web And Social Media
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Dates: 25 June 2018 - 28 June 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-57735-798-8
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM18/paper...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: video streaming, Cyberlockers, Piracy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10046464
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