Copy Culture in the US and Germany

2013. Joe Karaganis (ed.), Lennart Renkema (ed.)

Copy Culture in the US and Germany is a comparative study of media consumption, media acquisition, and attitudes toward copyright enforcement, based on a phone survey of over 2000 Americans and 1000 Germans in late 2011. The study describes unauthorized copying as a widely prevalent but shallow practice--sharply tilted toward the young and Internet literate, but with very few large-scale copiers in either country.  It documents the role of legal streaming services in displacing "piracy"; differences in attitudes toward strong enforcement measures (low support in the US; mixed in Germany); and differences in the legal regimes and market structures that underpin legal and unauthorized acquisition.  Copy Culture's findings were widely cited during debates over the Stop Online Piracy Act in 2011-2012.

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