Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural Content Distribution in the Digital Age: Stakes and Stakeholders of Copyright Reform
by Arcucci-Dedina, Marcello, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2009, 126; 10305716
Abstract (Summary)

Issues relating to copyright are popular nowadays, but they are oftentimes approached in a limited manner. The scope of a single field of study is not sufficient to properly evaluate the problems at hand when it comes the cultural content distribution in the digital age.

In order to properly evaluate the current situation we must look at more than copyright laws. The actors, business practices and social implications involved with content distribution are a necessary part of the equation. Analysing the way these factors interact is not a luxury; it is a necessity.

After looking at the origins of Intellectual property; we will careful study the technological means, legal restrictions, stakeholders and communities and the way they all currently influence the market.

This will demonstrate the necessity of looking at all these factors together and not only as standalone issues: An efficient inspection of cultural content distribution, and the ways through which it has evolved with the advent of the digital age, cannot be limited to a single point of view.

Any solution derived from only one aspect of the problem will only advance the agenda of specific stakeholders. In a global world where consumers are more involved than ever and producers try to harness this power, solutions can reveal more damaging than constructive, if the needs of all actors aren’t met.

Some of the dangers of proposed solutions, and the fundamental misunderstandings that led to their creation, will become apparent. Ultimately the goal is to offer insight as to approaches that can potentially lead to a situation beneficial to all parties. Said situation will likely require us to reconsider the way we think of cultural content and the concept of copyright.

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School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Intellectual Property, Multimedia Communications
Keywords: Content distribution, Copyright, Cultural content, Digital Age
Publication Number: 10305716
ISBN: 9781369492804
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