Yet Another Study: 'Cracking Down' On Piracy Not Effective
from the duh dept
- These laws almost always have massive and dangerous unintended consequences that hinder innovation, speech or both.
- More importantly, these laws don't actually work at stopping piracy.
Some will argue with the two points above, but I've yet to see anything that disproves either of them. Just as an example, this week we talked about a study from Oxford University that showed the dangerous consequences of 3-strikes laws, or other rules that lead to kicking people offline. And, now, we have another academic study that helps make the second point. Some research on file sharing sites found that anti-piracy measures simply don't work. In the academic version:
Our data shows that current anti-piracy efforts are visible, but their overall impact appears to be rather limited. Furthermore, our analysis of the file sharing ecosystem suggests that future antipiracy measures that are currently under discussion may not be as successful as their proponents might expect.What's scary is that this still even needs to be said, or that certain maximalists still refuse to believe it, despite the massive amounts of evidence. Yet, they still keep focusing on the single strategy that's proven not to work, and ignore the strategy that does (building innovative businesses).