IT LOOKS like the Digital Economy Act will fail to deter people from downloading music and films.
A survey from law firm Wiggin and Entertainment Media Research asked 1,592 UK consumers aged 15-54 if they thought the law change would mean anything to them. A third of those who admitted to downloading the odd file said that they would not change their behaviour even if the most direct action of Internet account "suspension" is implemented under the DEA. However they might change their minds when they have their Internet access cut off.
One in five said DEA measures would lead them to take an active role in monitoring the use of their Internet account. Women more than men would do this.
A quarter of those polled say that the most effective and fair way to stop 'piracy' is to block access to unlawful websites. Apparently teenage males thought this was the best plan. Simon Baggs, litigation partner at Wiggin said that of the range of measures available to stop 'piracy', the consumer view is that blocking infringing sites and tackling the problem at the source is a favoured approach. "A measure to clarify the ability to block infringing sites is now to be considered under the DEA and is likely to be a significant tool in preventing piracy (sic), wherever the website's servers are based," he said. µ
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