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Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age


John G. Palfrey Jr.


Harvard Law School

Urs Gasser


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society; University of St. Gallen

Miriam Simun


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Rosalie Barnes


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

June 1, 2009

Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2009-05

Abstract:     
New digital networked technologies enable users to participate in the consumption, distribution, and creation of content in ways that are revolutionary for both culture and industry. As a result, “Digital Natives” - young people growing up in the digital world with access to the technologies and the skills to use them in sophisticated ways - are now confronting copyright law on a regular basis. This article presents qualitative research conducted with students age 12-22 that explores youth understanding, attitudes, and discourse on the topic of digital creativity and copyright law. Our findings suggest that young people operate in the digital realm overwhelmingly ignorant of the rights, and to a lesser degree the restrictions, established in copyright law. They often engage in unlawful behavior, such as illegal peer-to-peer music downloading, yet they nevertheless demonstrate an interest in the rights and livelihoods of creators. Building upon our findings of the disconnect between technical, legal, and social norms as pertaining to copyright law, we present the initial stages of the development of an educational intervention that posits students as creators: the Creative Rights copyright curriculum. Educating youth about copyright law is important for empowering young people as actors in society, both in terms of their ability to contribute to cultural knowledge with creative practices and to engage with the laws that govern society.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Creativity, Curriculum, Copyright Law, Digital Natives, Youth

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Date posted: February 13, 2010  

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Palfrey, John G. and Gasser, Urs and Simun, Miriam and Barnes, Rosalie, Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age (June 1, 2009). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2009-05. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1552415

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John G. Palfrey Jr. (Contact Author)
Harvard Law School ( email )
1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Areeda Hall 511
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Urs Gasser
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
HOME PAGE: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/ugasser.html
University of St. Gallen ( email )
Research Center for Information Law
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CH-9000 St.Gallen
Switzerland
HOME PAGE: www.fir.unisg.ch
Miriam Simun
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Rosalie Barnes
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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