Saturday, October 5, 2013

LSE: No Need to Punish Copyright Infringers

A report by Bart Cammaerts, Robin Mansell [picutred] and Bingchun Meng from the Department of Media and Communications, The London School of Economics and Political Science finds that "The experiences of other countries that have implemented punitive measures against individual online copyright infringers indicate that the approach does not have the impacts claimed by some in the creative industries".

See also "LSE: 'The use of peer-to-peer technology should be encouraged'" - here.

".. A 2013 report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre on online music consumption in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK looked at clicks and visits to legal and illegal services. It showed that digital music ‘piracy’ did not displace legal music purchases in digital format and that the majority of music consumed illegally would not have been consumed if it was not freely available. It observed that, in France, HADOPI may have affected consumer choices and also that France had the highest content streaming rates compared with other countries, indicating the fast pace of changes in technology and online digital content services".

The lesson for the UK? - "We recommend a review of the DEA [UK's Digital Economy Act - see "UK: "3 Strikes" Regulation Expected in 2014"hereand related legislation that strikes a healthy balance among the interests of a range of stakeholders including those in the creative industries, Internet Service Providers and internet users. Fitting the digital sharing culture and new forms of cultural production into a copyright enforcement model that is out of touch with today’s online culture will only suppress innovation and dampen growth".

See "Copyright & Creation A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing" - here.

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