Wesselingh, Cristina and Tweeboom (2013)
|Wesselingh, Cristina and Tweeboom (2013)|
|Title:||To block or not to block?|
|Author(s):||Wesselingh, E. M., Cristina, A. S., Tweeboom, N. M. G.|
|Citation:||Wesselingh, E. M., Cristina, A., & Tweeboom, N. (2013). To Block or Not to Block?. Available at SSRN 2273453.|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||A pilot survey was conducted with 23 students of the Academy of ICT & Media at The Hague University. Results were used to tighten the survey questions.
The survey was issued digitally and through personal contact. 302 surveys were suitable for further analysis (15 digital, 287 paper surveys). Most respondents were between the ages 18-23, with 143 male and 159 female.
Researchers also interviewed a number of stakeholders (XS4all, Foundation Brein, Dutch Consumers Association) through semi-structured interviews.
|Data Type:||Primary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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An investigation into whether or not young people studying in higher education in the Netherlands have modified their download behaviour, in the light of a legal obligation to block The Pirate Bay (TPB) by Dutch Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In the lawsuit, it is argued that a blockade by the ISPs would be an effective measure to stop downloading from The Pirate Bay. In this study the target group was asked if they think that their download behaviour is modified by the blockade.
Main Results of the Study
- Most respondents answered they download because it is free (240), while a minority does it to try first before making a purchase, or due to non-availability of legal alternatives.* The survey showed that the download behavior of young people in the Netherlands has not statistically significantly changed since the imposition of a blockade of The Pirate Bay.* The blockade of The Pirate Bay alone is not effective because:** a large portion of young people downloading from illegal sources use one of the many available alternatives;** a large portion of young people downloading from The Pirate Bay has found ways to circumvent the blockade. * A minority is downloading less as a result of the blockade because it as become more difficult (but is still downloading from illegal sources).
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
- From the previous studies and this research it can be concluded that the measure of blocking only the Pirate Bay site itself is not effective; additional measures are necessary.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||University students|
|Period of material under study:||Not stated|