It has already been established that the “six strikes” anti-piracy system in the United States has failed to have any perceivable impact, and a recent study shows other countries are having similar difficulties controlling P2P sharing. The study was conducted by Rebecca Giblin of Monash University and dealt with whether “graduated response” measures were reducing infringement, maximizing authorized usage, or at the very least promoting a greater understanding of the effects of piracy. When piracy became a worldwide issue, governments believed that the cooperation of ISPs when punishing offenders would significantly decrease piracy rates. South Korea, France, Taiwan, and the UK have all implemented programs in an attempt to curb piracy, but according to Giblin’s study, a recent upsurge in “copyright-intensive industries” has nothing to do with graduated response efforts. Giblin concludes that “there is precious little evidence that graduated response is effective on any measure.”

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