European research: close illegal download sites has little utility




The offline pick of sites hosting illegal content, such as torrent sites, long-term has little effect. It can even provide a splintering, which complicates action against these sites. This emerges from a study commissioned by the European Commission.

Scientists from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission carried out the research. They published their results in March, but only Friday did the investigation into the publicity. The findings show that the offline down websites hosting illegal content hardly makes sense.

The researchers looked at the effect of bringing down, a German streaming website in 2011 disappeared . offered a large number of links to video streams to movies. The site focused on German-speaking Internet users, but was hosted in Russia. also hosted itself no video streams.

The anonymous surfing habits of five thousand Germans shows that offline achieving initially led to a fall visit to piracy sites on an individual level. This effect was visible on the short term only. Later it appeared that the Germans quickly alternative sources of illegal content gushed, which led to the downing of nothing out.

The researchers found a potential threat to legislators and executive powers. “The market structure after the downing of the site was more fragmented. This makes the market potential more resistant to future actions,” so write the scientists. They argue that online piracy market is therefore very “elastic”. The researchers cite no countermeasure.

Moreover, the researchers stress that the study was conducted with data from 2011. This means that the results may be slightly different today. There were 2011 fewer legal alternatives available to the Germans, and perhaps that is why they sought earlier to illegal sites. They also turned to perhaps offline alternatives for file transfer.


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