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Graduated Response Policy and the Behavior of Digital Pirates: Evidence from the French Three-Strike (Hadopi) Law

Michael Arnold (), Eric Darmon (), Sylvain Dejean () and Thierry Pénard ()

No 14-07, Working Papers from University of Delaware, Department of Economics

Abstract: Most developed countries have tried to restrain digital piracy by strength- ening laws against copyright infringement. In 2009, France implemented the Hadopi law. Under this law individuals receive a warning the first two times they are detected illegally sharing content through peer to peer (P2P) networks. Legal action is only taken when a third violation is detected. We analyze the impact of this law on individual behavior. Our theoretical model of illegal be- havior under a graduated response law predicts that the perceived probability of detection has no impact on the decision to initially engage in digital piracy, but may reduce the intensity of illegal file sharing by those who do pirate. We test the theory using survey data from French Internet users. Our econometric results indicate that the law has no substantial deterrent effect. In addition, we find evidence that individuals who are better informed about the law and piracy alternatives substitute away from monitored P2P networks and illegally access content through unmonitored channels.

Keywords: Digital Piracy; digital media; Hadopi; three-strikes law; property rights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L82 O34 K42 D11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ict, nep-ipr, nep-pr~, nep-iue, nep-law and nep-net
Date: 2014
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