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Lawyers endorsing piracy?

2019-06-07 22:04:49.519673+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Piracy is Ethically Acceptable For Many Harvard Lawyers, Research Finds

Should digital files be considered a commons? Copyright infringement in the eyes of lawyers

... Although file sharing is typically illegal, our findings show that lawyers overwhelmingly perceive it as an acceptable social practice. The main criterion used by lawyers to decide on the ethical acceptability of file sharing is whether or not the infringer derives any monetary benefits from it. Further, our findings show that lawyers in the public sector (including judiciary and academia) are even more tolerant of online copyright infringement than those in the private sector. Interestingly, our data suggests that this is largely the result of self-selection: lawyers who lean more on the side of broad disclosure and social sharing tend to orient themselves toward the public sector. ...

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