|Hadopi, cultural assets and internet use: practices and perceptions of French internet users
|HADOPI. 2011. Hadopi, cultural assets and internet use: practices and perceptions of French internet users (Online). Available: http://www.hadopi.fr/download/HADOPI_T0_version_long.pdf.
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|About the Data
|This online quantitative survey of 2,687 French internet users (representative of the population) was divided into two groups. The first group survey (1,624) concerned the perceptions and practices of web users concerning the legal and illegal usage of cultural assets, and to assess their level of familiarity with the law and the consequences of legal and illegal internet use as well as familiarity with Hadopi. This second group survey (1,063) related to the use of paid content, free content, illegal use, and barriers to legal use. Both samples had quotas for gender, age, professional category of the main householder and place of residence and were matched to facilitate comparison.
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In order to find out the level of familiarity of French web users with the law, and to better understand their habits in relation to the legal and illegal use of cultural assets and their reactions to it, a first measuring point was established in the form of a photograph at moment T (Study T0). There is a dual objective to this study: • Make an initial assessment of the perceptions and practices of web users concerning the legal and illegal use of cultural assets, assess their level of familiarity with the law and the consequences of legal and illegal internet use. • Assess their level of awareness and familiarity with Hadopi and its objectives.
Main Results of the Study
Hadopi is well known, and 75% of users know their internet must be secure. There is some confusion as to what is legal and illegal, although those admitting to illegal use spend more online on cultural assets than average. Half of web users admit to illegal use (at least once), and 95% of those questioned think that French web users behave illegally (a significant gap between what is declared and what is projected). Illegal use is concentrated mainly among those aged 15-39 and men, and there is no difference between residents of the Paris Metropolitan Region and the Provinces. The practice is not slowing down and is becoming more diverse. In terms of equipment, those declaring illegal use are better-equipped in general and particularly as regards external hard drives, smartphones and audio /video players. In terms of impact, almost half of web users declaring illegal use say that Hadopi will not change their behaviour, while a third would be willing to change and a fifth (17%) gave no response.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
While actual digital piracy is lower than perceived, deterrence efforts could be focused on the highest offending group and changing internet user behaviours through educational materials.
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