Research Abstract

 

Nearly 20 years after the Digital Millennium Copyright Act became law in the United States, the research explores the way copyright infringement is explained in public information spaces on the Internet.

 

In 1999, The Napster case revealed the emerging public attitude of the “culture of free” in file-sharing music as well as the pervasive copyright confusion, or lack knowledge about copyright law.

 

Using copyright-themed news stories, blogs and websites on a 2015 court case, the research will examine the public accessibility of copyright law.

 

Using quantitative content analysis, a research study will investigate the different descriptions of copyright infringements, which might reveal suggestions on how to make the legal statutes more understandable for a general audience.

 

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