How do hosters make money with illegal content

How important are payment providers for the distribution of illegal content?
To answer this question a German report looked at 55 file and videohosters in 2014.
Every hoster had a source of income. 89% published ads and 69% offered the customer pay to use premium services, which normally means faster and unlimited downloads.

The study analyzed 38 hosters with payments in more detail:
The average price was € 8.30 per month or € 54.30 per year.

Top payments methods of the 38 hosters were:

Credit card 29 hosters
Prepaid card 14 hosters
Bank transfer 12 Hosters

Top payment providers were:

VISA 29 hosters
Micropayment 23 hosters
Mastercard 21 Hosters

The consumers often don’t know to whom they pay. The recipients of the payments are often unknown and the hosters often have no (reliable) legal notice.
If you look at the behaviour of the hosters you will know why: Nearly 70 % of the hosters don’t delete illegal files within 48 hours after they receive a take down notice from the copyright owner.

Only one of these hosters acted in accordance to a verdict of the Federal Court and searched illegal files on portals and deleted them.

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