The effectiveness of pirate site blocking is widely debated. Soon to be published research suggests that, under the right conditions, it can be an effective anti-piracy tool. If enough sites are targeted at once, overall visits to pirate sites decrease, while known pirates are more likely to sign up for paid subscription.
The Copyright Alliance has sent an overview of its strongest piracy concerns to the US Customs and Border Protection Bureau. The submission, which serves as input for an upcoming policy memorandum from President Trump, highlights pirate streaming devices and apps as a rampant problem.