Fairness in digital sharing: legal professional attitudes towards digital piracy and digital commons

Ciesielska, Gosia and Jemielniak, Dariusz (2022) Fairness in digital sharing: legal professional attitudes towards digital piracy and digital commons. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 73 (7). pp. 899-912. ISSN 2330-1635

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Contrary to a popular belief of lawyers having the most strict perception of law, law professionals actually strongly skew toward more favorable views of digital sharing. According to our qualitative study, relying on in-depth interviews with 50 Harvard lawyers, digital piracy is quite acceptable. It is considered fair, especially among friends and for noncommercial purposes. We argue that this not only can indicate that the existing law is becoming outdated because of its inability to be enforced, but also that ethically it is not corresponding to what is considered fair, good service, or being societally beneficial. The common perception of relying on a fixed price for digital content is eroding. We show that on the verges of business, society, and law, there is a potential for the new paradigm of digital commons to emerge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Polish National Science Center, Grant/Award Number: UMO-2015/19/B/HS4/03223
Uncontrolled Keywords: piracy (copyright), Copyright Infringement, to peer file sharing, resource sharing, collaboration, popular culture
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:01
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47531

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