Content production and perception of copyright: an analysis of habits and beliefs of internet users

Simone Aliprandi, Andrea Mangiatordi

Abstract


This article presents an analysis based on data from an open dataset made available by an independent empirical research on the topic of  “Copyright in the digital age”. The original data includes information about attitudes, social perceptions and levels of awareness. After describing the initial objectives of the research and presenting the set of variables considered, an in-depth analysis is here discussed, focusing on the similarities and differences encountered in distinct categories of respondents.  The main objective of this analysis is to test the soundness and the descriptive power of the classification proposed in the original study, which divided respondents into the four categories of “Generic”, “Active”, “Creative” and “Professional creative” users. Other possible clusters are identified here, and their possible associations with those groups is discussed.  Results indicate that the views of authors of digital content about the practice of illegal download tend to differ from those of non producers. Non publishers of digital content seem to be almost equally distributed between those who are against download, and those who tolerate it.

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