Paying for Piracy? an Analysis of One-Click Hosters' Controversial Reward Schemes
One-Click Hosters (OCHs) such as Rapid share and now defunct Mega upload are popular services where users can upload and store large files. Up loaders can then share the files with friends or make them publicly available by publishing the download links in separate directories, so-called direct download or streaming sites. While OCHs has legitimate use cases, they are also frequently used to distribute pirated content. Many OCHs operate affiliate programmes to financially reward the up loaders of popular files. These affiliate programmes are controversial for allegedly financing piracy, and they were prominently cited in the criminal indictment that lead to the shutdown of Mega upload, once among the world's 100 largest web sites.