Three Strikes Law Ineffective, Says Research

Three Strikes LawMany countries have implemented “strikes” systems to reprimand peer-to-peer file sharers, and this aims to reduce piracy. But apparently, a study by US and French researchers conclude that these measures are ineffective in fulfilling its purpose.

‘Graduated response’

After so many attempts to reduce the cases of piracy, countries such as France, South Korea, Taiwan, and New Zealand implemented strikes laws, an idea they acquired from Ireland’s current policy. Last year, the United States followed suit with its “six-strikes” alert system.

This is what many call a “graduated” response to the ever-growing campaign against piracy.


The French research was based on a 2,000-people strong that covered Internet users. According to its results, the law did not deter the users from downloading pirated material off the Internet.

“Consistent with theoretical predictions, our econometric results indicate that the Hadopi law has not deterred individuals from engaging in digital piracy and that it did not reduce the intensity of illegal activity of those who did engage in piracy,” said the researchers.

The study points out the weaknesses and the limitations of the system, as it covers only P2P sharing, excluding other ways that people use to obtain illegal material. Results suggest that pirates moved to alternative portals such as newsgroups and direct download sites.