From the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice:
There is an intriguing paradox at the heart of online copyright infringement: while most people perceive themselves as law-abiding and honest, the practice of unlawfully downloading copyright material is widespread.
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In a recent work, Dan Ariely examined the disconnect between individual self-concepts of honesty and the propensity to engage in dishonest behaviour. In the context of intellectual property law, Ariely’s work suggests that the social acceptability of online copyright infringement, and negative perceptions of the creative industries fuel infringement. This is because people’s moral intuitions about what constitutes acceptable behaviour are shaped by the norms within their social groups, and people often rationalise dishonest behaviour as justified retribution against wrongdoers.
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Particular highlights include: exploring how to deliberately cultivate a norms-based intellectual property system, examining the potential of blockchain technology to enhance access to legal content, and investigating how to shape the architecture of the Internet to ‘nudge’ consumers to select legal content.
Link to the rest at the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice