The Pew Internet and American Life Project reported in January that the number of music file downloaders had fallen from 29% of internet users to just 14%. In its follow-up survey, the researchers found more evidence that the record industry scare approach was working. A telephone survey of 1,371 net users across the US found that 14% of people who used to download music had abandoned the practice.
The legal threat was also having an effect on persistent file-sharers, with 38% saying they were downloading music less frequently because of the lawsuits. But at the same time, the researchers found that music downloading was once again on the rise - from 18 million Americans three months ago to 23 million now.
According to Media Matrix net analysts, the popular file-sharing Kazaa appeared to be badly hit, having a drop of five million users.