Site Blocking Research
New research shows that court-ordered site blocks, year-on-year, led to a 25% reduction in piracy overall and a 53% reduction in use of the online pirate sites subject to a blocking order.
INCOPRO’s Australian Site-Blocking Efficacy Report, compiled after the Australian Federal Court ordered the blocking of 59 pirate sites in August 2017, echoes the findings of a UK study by Carnegie-Mellon University* which showed that overall piracy was only significantly reduced when a substantial number of sites were blocked simultaneously.
The research also examines the piracy landscape in Australia and identifies the most used content infringing sites.
About site blocking in Australia
On August 18, 2017, a Federal Court ruling by the Hon. Justice John Nicholas ordered ISPs to block 42 websites found to be primarily engaged in facilitating access to copyright-infringing content (Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Others). Orders were also made that day, in a separate case lodged by Foxtel in the Federal Court, to block a further 17 infringing websites. Since the first site-blocking orders were made in Australia in December 2016, the Federal Court has continually ordered the removal of infringing sites.
*Carnegie-Mellon University study – ‘Website Blocking Revisited: The Effect of the UK November 2014 Blocks on Consumer Behaviour’- April 2016
2018 Research - Incopro Study (1148 KB)
SARI - 'Role of Search' Australian Survey (455 KB)
PIRACY DEVICES & APPS: A Rapid Growing Threat to the Creative Economy (June 2018)