November 25, 2015

New Report Looks at Attitudes Towards Copyright Enforcement in U.S. and Germany

A new report from The American Assembly at Columbia University.

Copy Culture in the US and Germany is a comparative study of digital culture, focusing on media consumption, media acquisition, and attitudes toward copyright enforcement. The study is based on a large-scale phone survey of Americans and Germans in late 2011.

The study explores what Americans and Germans do with digital media, what they want to do, and how they reconcile their attitudes and values with different policies and proposals to enforce copyright online.

The Copy Culture survey was sponsored by The American Assembly, with support from a research award from Google.

Direct to Full Text Report (HTML and PDF)

Torrent Freak has also posted a summary of the report.

Key Findings from the Report

Source: The American Assembly, Columbia University

See Also: Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (2011)

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.

Based on three years of work by some thirty-five researchers, Media Piracy in Emerging Economies tells two overarching stories: one tracing the explosive growth of piracy as digital technologies became cheap and ubiquitous around the world, and another following the growth of industry lobbies that have reshaped laws and law enforcement around copyright protection. The report argues that these efforts have largely failed, and that the problem of piracy is better conceived as a failure of affordable access to media in legal markets.

See Also: How to Stop Piracy: Carnegie Mellon Professor Michael Smith at DBW (via MediaBistro)

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