Only Uneducated Americans Respect Intellectual Property

from the one-way-of-reading-it dept

I saw this study last night, but only felt it was worth posting with The Register’s special brand of analysis. Apparently, most people don’t consider downloading copyrighted music theft. However, more of the less educated Americans do think it is, compared to those with higher degrees. Also, the more wealthy you are, the less likely you are to think of it as theft (as the Register explains: that’s how you got rich in the first place, by trampling on other people’s rights). There are actually some good points in the study, such as the fact that most people only download a very small number of songs – suggesting they’re just keeping a “most popular” list to play when they’re at their computers and not stealing Universal’s entire catalog.

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