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Intellectual Property Law Compliance in Europe: Illegal File Sharing and the Role of Social Norms

Svensson, Måns LU and Larsson, Stefan LU (2012) In New Media & Society 14(7). p.1147-1163
Abstract
The current study empirically demonstrates the widely discussed gap between copyright law and social norms. Theoretically founded in the sociology of law, the study uses a well-defined concept of norms to quantitatively measure changes in the strength of social norms before and after the implementation of legislation. The ‘IPRED law’ was implemented in Sweden on 1 April 2009, as a result of the EU IPR Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC. It aims at enforcing copyright, as well as other IP rights, when they are violated, especially online. A survey was conducted three months before the IPRED law came into force, and it was repeated six months later. The approximately one thousand respondents between fifteen and twenty-five years-of-age showed,... (More)
The current study empirically demonstrates the widely discussed gap between copyright law and social norms. Theoretically founded in the sociology of law, the study uses a well-defined concept of norms to quantitatively measure changes in the strength of social norms before and after the implementation of legislation. The ‘IPRED law’ was implemented in Sweden on 1 April 2009, as a result of the EU IPR Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC. It aims at enforcing copyright, as well as other IP rights, when they are violated, especially online. A survey was conducted three months before the IPRED law came into force, and it was repeated six months later. The approximately one thousand respondents between fifteen and twenty-five years-of-age showed, among other things, that although actual file-sharing behaviour had to some extent decreased in frequency, social norms remained unaffected by the law. (Less)
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law and society, law, IPR enforcement directive, internet, intellectual property, file sharing, copyright, Enforcement, social norms, sociology of law
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New Media & Society
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14
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7
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1147 - 1163
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1461-4448
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10.1177/1461444812439553
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Cybernorms. Norm processes in e-communities
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English
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  author       = {Svensson, Måns and Larsson, Stefan},
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  keyword      = {law and society,law,IPR enforcement directive,internet,intellectual property,file sharing,copyright,Enforcement,social norms,sociology of law},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {1147--1163},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {New Media & Society},
  title        = {Intellectual Property Law Compliance in Europe: Illegal File Sharing and the Role of Social Norms},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444812439553},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2012},
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