A researcher at the Australian Monash University has published a report analysing the success (or lack of it) of graduated-response anti-piracy schemes around the world. It’s fair to say Dr Rebecca Giblin isn’t impressed. “Rightsholders make big claims that graduated responses are ‘successful’ and ‘effective’ to argue for their continued adoption, but the evidence doesn’t back them up,” she tells TorrentFreak, which perhaps unsurprisingly is giving the report a big write-up. “The paper finds little to no evidence that any form of graduated response reduces infringement or increases the size of the legitimate market.” Giblin also tells policymakers that they “cannot simply accept rightholders’ claims of ‘success’ or ‘effectiveness’ at face value”. One challenge for this kind of study is considering such schemes in isolation though. Spotify’s recent study in the Netherlands suggested that legislation is only one factor in helping music markets bounce back from a decade of losses, alongside better legal services and telco bundle deals. Sweden and South Korea are other examples of countries where anti-piracy legislation has been one of several factors in the music industry’s comeback success.

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