Despite the implementation of Pirate Bay blocks, site shutdowns as well as increased pressure from media copyright lobbyists, file sharing is continuing unabated according to a new Swedish survey of 15-25 year olds, because they just don't see it as doing something wrong.
Conducted as part of the Cybernorms research project at Lund University, which took into consideration laws like IPRED and the Data Retention Directive, the survey turned up expected results.
"In Sweden we saw a moderate drop in file sharing in 2009 when IPRED was implemented. Since then it has remained at approximately 60 percent among 15-25 year old people," researcher Marcin de Kaminski said when speaking with TorrentFreak.
"Our conclusion is that repressive actions that lack societal support may still have effects, but that the effects are limited."
Research like this has been highlighted before, where changing the public's opinion of the act is far more important than coming down hard on those that participate, if you want to prevent it from occurring. With the general opinion that file sharing is a victimless crime, it's nigh on impossible to stop people from doing it, regardless of how harsh the laws get. There's simply too many that participate and punishments are too far removed from the act.
"Without support for repressive efforts in social norms the effects tend to result in a feeling of increased risk or danger - rather than [the activity being repressed] actually being considered wrong," Kaminski concluded.