Copy Culture in the US and Germany
Editor(s) Joe Karaganis

In the wake of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) debate of 2012, Copy Culture in the US and Germany garnered wide international media coverage, becoming a common reference point in discussions about the role of Internet filtering.  The Google-funded comparative study of media consumption, acquisition, and copyright enforcement drew from over 3,000 German and American phone surveys in 2011 and revealed that half of the adults in the U.S. and Germany copy, share, and download music, movies, and TV shows and 70% of young adults do the same. 

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Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah served as Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House from 2009 to 2011, where she coordinated government efforts to aid innovative nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. An American Assembly Next Generation Fellow in 2009, Shah managed and implemented two of's global development initiatives and served on President Obama's Transition Board. Currently, she is an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard University.