The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) says that pirate sites are making a fortune through advertising, and has highlighted the increasing use of illicit streaming devices in a new report. However, the report notes some successes over the last year, most notably the prosecution of Sharebeast for the illegal distribution of copyrighted music and albums on a massive scale. More recently, youtube-mp3.org, an unauthorized stream ripping site called out in last year's report, shut down as a result of a civil action and other sites have reportedly stopped promoting or allowing unauthorized audio ripping from music videos and legitimate streaming services. Advertising on piracy sites remains a big problem. The fastest-growing ad network amongst infringing sites is WWWPromoter, based in Canada.
Source: Forbes January 13, 2018 16:07 UTC