Copy Culture in the US and Germany (March 2013)
Copy Culture in the US and Germany is a comparative study of media consumption, media acquisition, and attitudes toward copyright enforcement, based on a late 2011 phone survey of over 2,300 US Americans and 1,000 Germans. 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. The study additionally documents the role of legal streaming services in displacing "piracy"; the differences in attitudes toward strong enforcement measures (low support in the US; while mixed in Germany); and the 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 of 2011, H.R.3261, 112th Cong. (2011).