Culture Clash on the Internet

3 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2009

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Jonathan Handel

TroyGould; The Hollywood Reporter; Southwestern Law School; USC Gould School of Law

Date Written: July 21, 2009

Abstract

The Internet has devalued content to the point where it is often offered at no charge — newspapers, for instance — or widely misappropriated, as with music and movies. Either way, many people expect much of their content to be free. Why is this, how did it happen, and, focusing on music and movies, what can be done about it?

Keywords: Internet, ARPANET, content, piracy, culture, norms, sticky norms, copyright, why people obey the law

JEL Classification: K11, K29, K39, K41, K42, L82, L86, O3, O31, O32, O33, O34, O38, O39

Suggested Citation

Handel, Jonathan, Culture Clash on the Internet (July 21, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1437511 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1437511

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