IPTS report: Taking down websites significantly reduces piracy - in the short-term.

Taking down copyright-infringing websites is a short-term way to reduce consumption of pirated media content and increase licensed consumption according to a working paper from the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).

The paper analyzes the consequences of the shutdown of the most popular German video streaming website - kino.to - in June 2011. Using individual-level clickstream data, the report finds that the shutdown led to significant but short-lived declines in piracy levels.

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