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.

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

Read the entire study

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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