Baywatch: Two Approaches to Measure the Effects of Blocking Access to the Pirate Bay

15 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013  

Joost Poort

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Jorna Leenheer

CentERdata

Jeroen van der Ham

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Natural Science, Mathematics and Information Science

Cosmin Dumitru

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Natural Science, Mathematics and Information Science

Date Written: August 22, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Poort, Joost and Leenheer, Jorna and Ham, Jeroen van der and Dumitru, Cosmin, Baywatch: Two Approaches to Measure the Effects of Blocking Access to the Pirate Bay (August 22, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2314297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2314297

Joost Poort (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

Rokin 84
Amsterdam, 1012 KX
Netherlands

Jorna Leenheer

CentERdata ( email )

PO Box 90153
Tilburg, NL 5000 LE
Netherlands

Jeroen Van der Ham

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Natural Science, Mathematics and Information Science ( email )

Plantage Muidergracht 24
Amsterdam, 1018 TV
Netherlands

Cosmin Dumitru

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Natural Science, Mathematics and Information Science ( email )

Plantage Muidergracht 24
Amsterdam, 1018 TV
Netherlands

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