London, Stationers' Hall, April 11th, 2014, 3-6pm
CREATe Report Launch: â€˜A review of the causes and impacts of unlawful file sharingâ€™
Mr Steven James Watson, Prof. Daniel John Zizzo and Dr Piers Fleming
Using systematic reviewing techniques drawn from the medical sciences, a team of behavioural economists and psychologists from the University of East Anglia has undertaken a scoping review of all evidence published between 2003-2013 into the welfare implications and determinants of unlawful file sharing. Articles on unlawful file sharing for digital media including music, film, television, videogames, software and books, were methodically searched; non-academic literature was sought from key stakeholders and research centres. 54,441 sources were initially found with a wide search and were narrowed down to 206 articles which examined human behavior, intentions or attitudes.
Whether unlawful file sharing confers a net societal cost or benefit to welfare remains unclear based on the available evidence, with both of the approaches employed â€“ (1) looking at the association between sales and unlawful file sharing, and (2) examining peopleâ€™s willingness to pay with and without the possibility of unlawful file sharing â€“ suffering from serious limitations. This conclusion casts doubt on approaches which strengthen the civil enforcement system to meet the challenges of the internet revolution, at least without clearer evidence of demonstrable benefits of specific measures.
Read more about the study.
The programme also features a panel response with speakers from creative economy sectors as well as intermediaries, users and policy makers.
Chair: Alison Brimelow, CBE, former CEO, UK IPO; former President, EPO
Music sector: Robert Ashcroft (PRS for Music)
TV/ Broadcasting/ Films sector: John Mcvay (PACT)
Games sector: Brian Baglow (Scottish Games Network)
Publishing sector: tbc
Intermediaries: Theo Bertram (Google)
Civil Society: Jim Killock (Open Rights Group)
The event will also be an opportunity for CREATe stakeholders, including those from industry, civil society and user groups, to interact face-to-face with CREATe researchers and discuss progress of CREATe research themes. Members of the CREATe Programme Advisory Council will be in attendance.
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