Carnegie Mellon University

Research Highlights

  • August-19: Our paper with Brett Danaher and Jonathan Hersh on how blocking pirate websites impacts legal consumption was accepted for publication at MIS Quarterly. In the paper we analyze how ISP-level site blocking in the UK impacted legal consumption. We find that blocking a single site in 2012 "caused no increase in usage of legal sites but instead caused users to increase visits to other unblocked piracy sites and VPN sites" but that the subsequent blocking on 19 pirate sites in 2013 and 53 additional sites in 2014 "caused treated users to decrease piracy and to increase their usage of legal subscription sites by 7-12%."
  • August-19: Michael Smith participated in a panel at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum titled "What is the Future of Entertainment? Streaming Innovation: New Outlets, New Threats
  • July-19: Our paper with Liron Sivan titled "Do Search Engines Influence Media Piracy?  Evidence from a Randomized Field Study" is now forthcoming on the website of the journal MIS Quarterly. The paper shows that "reducing the prominence of infringing links in search results causes users who otherwise would have consumed infringing content to switch their consumption to paid legal content.
  • June-19:  Michael D. Smith was featured in a CNBC article talking about how musical artists can use their internet presence to create direct connections with their fans.
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Policy Highlights

  • IDEA research was cited in a recent decision by the Indian High Court to allow 'dynamic injunctions' designed to block access to pirate websites.