Tell PirateBay (and lawmakers) what you think about file sharing, piracy

Great Satan of file-sharing surveys Internet users on file sharing habits, attitudes, laws

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Without that information European agencies in charge of creating and enforcing copyright online will have to accept as reasonable the often-debunked research and opinions of RIAA, MPAA and other copyright-enforcement groups whose efforts to protect their own interests have been rabid, overenthusiastic and often misdirected in the past.

With an alternative base of research and analysis – which Cybernorms considers to be objective but everyone else will consider pro-piracy due to the connection with ThePirateBay – legislators and enforcement agencies will have an alternative view of the industry and the Internet from which to work.

"Without adequate information it is impossible to adapt the legal systems in a legitimate way," Måns Svensson, PhD in Sociology of Law at Lund and study manager told file-sharing news site TorrentFreak.

Existing research shows heavy handed enforcement of the kind favored by RIAA, MPAA and encoded in the CISPA cybersecurity bill do reduce the amount of illegal file sharing, but have no effect on how people in almost any segment of a society think about it.

"People still don’t think it is wrong to share files," Svensson told TorrentFreak. "What we have is a deterrent effect due to enforcement actions, but an effect that lacks societal support. This is a dangerous development that in the long run risks undermining the trust in the democratic society."

The survey will go on today, Thursday and Friday.

If you'd like to participate, start your PirateBay survey response here.

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