Chapman/CMU study: Blocking pirate Web sites – how effective is it?

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By Carnegie Mellon University

“A new study that examined the effectiveness of anti-piracy efforts in the United Kingdom found that blocking websites can be effective but only when multiple channels are blocked. The website blocking policies in the U.K. caused a decrease in overall piracy and a 7 to 12% increase in the use of legal subscription sites.

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“The study, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Chapman University, appears in MIS Quarterly.”

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Why this matters

Unlike many anti-piracy efforts, which (as the study notes) are ‘demand-side enforcement’ efforts; Web site blocking is supply-side and appears to be effective.

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