Planet Ivy: Piracy Crackdowns Are officially useless

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 (All day)

Has a corner been turned in the fight against online piracy? Last week, UK internet service providers were told to block 21 websites believed to facilitate illegal music downloads. 

But is this definitely good news for the content providers? You’d think the answer would be obvious. If fewer places online are illegally sharing paid-for content, then it stands to reason the creators of that content won’t be losing out nearly as much. But it might not be that simple – one recent study suggests that piracy might actually be helping the entertainment industry.