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.”
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.