Baywatch: Two Approaches to Measure the Effects of Blocking Access to the Pirate Bay
15 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013
Date Written: August 22, 2013
In the fight against the unauthorised sharing of copyright protected material, aka piracy, Dutch Internet Service Providers have been summoned by courts to block their subscribers’ access to The Pirate Bay (TPB) and related sites. This paper studies the effectiveness of this approach towards online copyright enforcement, using both a consumer survey and a newly developed non-infringing technology for BitTorrent monitoring. While a small group of respondents download less from illegal sources or claim to have stopped, and a small but significant effect is found on the distribution of Dutch peers, no lasting net impact is found on the percentage of the Dutch population downloading from illegal sources.
Keywords: Unauthorised File Sharing, Piracy, p2p, BitTorrent monitoring, Blocking Access, The Pirate Bay, Online copyright enforcement
JEL Classification: D12, K11, K42, L82, L96
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