For four years now, most Dutch Internet users have had zero legal access to The Pirate Bay. (Other countries have since followed the Dutch example.) According to a new “working paper,” researchers have confirmed what most ISPs and Internet users figured out a long time ago: such bans are pretty pointless. Survey data of over 2,000 Netherlands-based Internet users shows that only a tiny portion have changed their ways as a result of the official ban. “Overall, between 4 to 6 percent of all consumers have decreased their downloading as a result of the blocking, whereas for 94 to 96 percent of the population the blocking has had no effect on their behavior,” the researchers wrote.     

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