Stern letters from ISPs not enough to stop P2P use after all

10 06 2009

Last year, the UK-focused Digital Entertainment Survey came to a shocking conclusion: 70 percent of people sharing copyrighted files on the Internet would change their piratical ways if they received a warning notice from their ISPs. This was music to the ears of the record business, but it couldn’t last; this year, the 70 percent figure has plummeted to 33 percent.

The 2009 survey finds that UK file-swappers just aren’t worried about warning letters alone anymore. The change may be due to the UK government’s quite public pronouncements that “disconnection” of repeat offenders isn’t going to happen, removing the implicit threat behind the warning letters.

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