This paper will examine the changing nature of the accessibility and consumption of information, particularly in relation to evolving intellectual property laws and new technologies. To illustrate these changes the results of a survey of consumers will be analysed and will, thus, offer a perspective on the role new technology, copyright laws, and the change in cultural attitudes play in defining contemporary content. Additionally, this paper analyses the impact of free content, supplied by commercial content providers, on both piracy and promotion, from the view of the consumer, and determines why users consume works illegally and what alternatives could be offered to prevent this. In doing so, it will further highlight the complex nature of content and both consumer attitudes and practices in the digital environment.
|Keywords:||Intellectual Property, Copyright, Creative Commons, Piracy, Consumer Attitudes|
Lecturer, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
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