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

an article by Simone Aliprandi and Andrea Mangiatordi,
published in European Journal of Law and Technology (Vol. 4, No. 3, 2013) and available under a Creative Commons Attribution - ShareAlike 3.0 unported license.

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.

1. Introduction
2. State of the art
2.1. "Behaviors of consumers of digital content in Italy. The case of file sharing" (Fondazione Luigi Einaudi 2007)
2.2. "Discovering behaviors and attitudes related to pirating content" (PwC 2010)
2.3. The report on innovation culture in Italy (Wired-Cotec 2009)
2.4. The Global software piracy study (BSA 2010)
3. The research
3.1. Questionnaire's structure
3.2. Dataset description
4. Method and results
4.1. Principal Components Analysis
4.2. Cluster Analysis
5. Discussion and Conclusions

Please cite this work as: Aliprandi, S. & Mangiatordi A., "Content production and perception of copyright: an analysis of habits and beliefs of internet users", European Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2013.