Problems with the enforcement of copyright law: Is there a social norm backlash?

Ben Depoorter, Francesco Parisi, Sven Vanneste

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Abstract

As a result of technological changes, copyright norms have developed in opposition to existing copyright law. In this article we examine how copyright enforcement efforts, mainly lawsuits against private copying, may induce further copyright disobedience by reinforcing the moral and social beliefs against conventional copyright law. In this paper we review recent theoretical and empirical studies and assess the hypothesis of countervailing copyright norm effects from copyright enforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-369
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of the Economics of Business
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Copyright Law
  • Enforcement
  • Expressive Law
  • Social Norms

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