Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age

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Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age

Show simple item record Barnes, Rosalie Fay Simun, Miriam Gasser, Urs Palfrey, John 2009-07-01T15:47:55Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation John Palfrey, Urs Gasser, Miriam Simun & Rosalie Fay Barnes, Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age, Int'l J. Learning & Media, Spring 2009, at 79. en
dc.identifier.issn 1943-6068 en
dc.description.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. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher MIT Press en
dc.relation.isversionof en
dash.license OAP
dc.subject youth en
dc.subject digital natives en
dc.subject copyright law en
dc.subject curriculum en
dc.subject creativity en
dc.title Youth, Creativity, and Copyright in the Digital Age en
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Learning and Media en

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