Friday, December 21, 2007

Patry: What Do People Actually Think Copyright Is?

My favorite copyright scholar, William Patry, wrote this morning about an experiment by Karl Fogel, in which Fogel interviews folks on the streets of Chicago about their thoughts on copyright.

I thought this particularly valuable to share in light of my depressing post yesterday about how badly artists are getting screwed in their record contracts as a direct result of file sharing. Based on Fogel's findings, if the general public really knew the consequences of their actions, maybe they wouldn't do it - those feelings of guilt should be greatly amplified because, regardless of whether file sharing really hurts the bottom line of the majors, it has done irreparable harm to artists.