Researchers at Boston’s North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, together with col­leagues from France and Aus­tralia, ran a study to try to check that copyright-​​infringement status of a ton of files that had been Megau­ploaded shortly before the take­down. Exam­ining meta­data from links to con­tent that had been hosted on Megau­pload, the researchers took rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ples of 1,000 files at a time, and man­u­ally decided if they were infringing, non-​​infringing, or undecided.

In the end, the researchers found that a whop­ping 31 per­cent of Megaupload’s con­tent was clearly infringing, but at least 4 per­cent of the 250 mil­lion uploads—which trans­lates to roughly 10 mil­lion files—was clearly not. On top of that, there was a majority of 65 per­cent where the researchers couldn’t tell one way or the other.

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