TorrentFreak recently released a ranking of the top 50 universities most likely to use file-sharing platform BitTorrent.
The pirate colleges were uncovered using the torrent tracking site ScanEye to see which college IP's logged into BitTorrent the most. TorrentFreak's data reveals that despite continued efforts to curb illegally downloading content at universities students still figure out how to pirate data.
Rutgers University in New Jersey led the piracy pack with 1809 average hits. While New York University ranked well behind with a total of 986 hits to rank second. The top 50 list is surprisingly missing the names of tech savvy schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology.
While many colleges's block access to torrent sites like PirateBay, many students are finding workarounds to get a hold of illegally shared media.
In 2010 the US government implemented rules requiring universities to put measures in place to prevent piracy. However, students are still using university bandwidth to illegally download software, movies, video games, and music.
Many students are illegally downloading thinks like movies and music, but software like Microsoft Office for Mac is also high up on the list of pirated content.
During a recent study from earlier this year it was reported that more than half of all computers were running illegally pirated software. While most of the damage was coming from developing countries, almost 34 per cent of illegally pirated software was coming from first world economies like those in Western Europe.
It seems that despite continuous attempts to prevent piracy many users will just find new ways to illegally pirate content. As consumers become more and more tech-savvy at an early age it looks like piracy will be hard to stomp out going forward.
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