NEW SCIENTIST -- As I can see in the microcosm in academia, the threat of fines or administrative action does little to stop Internet users around the world trading music and video files. We can see this in our multimedia labs and network analysts can tell this in studies of global traffic.
It appears that most file sharing violates copyright. It appears that the Recording Industry Association of America's legal assault on hundreds of alleged US file-sharers is good for getting print coverage but ineffective in changing behaviour.
Expect to read a press release from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry that documents a decline in file sharing--a decline due to students leaving academic networks for the summer. But you won't find that conclusion seconded by network monitoring company Sandvine, based in Ontario, Canada, reached a different conclusion.
"There's been no decline in the number of people file-sharing," says Chris Colman, European managing director for Sandvine.
JD Lasica and New Scientist -- "Net traffic shows file-sharing undented"