Access to knowledge for consumers: Reports of Campaigns by Jeremy Malocolm

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2. 2 Refinement of the pilot survey On return of the results, a reliability analysis report was conducted by our consultant statistician, Dr Karuthan Chinna. This revealed some statistical weaknesses in certain of the survey sections and questions. In most cases, the weakness could be corrected by removing the weakest question from each section, thereby reducing the number of questions per section from four to three. However, there were two sections that were not so easily fixed. These were the section on purchasing copyright works, and the section on accessing them online.

C: In about a third of the countries surveyed, consumers cited problems in copying copyright works. The biggest barriers to those who were affected were access to copying equipment and digital locks. D: In fewer than half the countries surveyed, consumers cited problems in using copyright works. The biggest problem for these users was an inability to time and space shift. E: Except in four countries, consumers cited less inclination towards using pirated copyright works – about equally for moral reasons and for fear of being prosecuted.

They make this choice partly for pragmatic reasons – that they wish to obtain copies of 43 2. 0 the highest quality – and partly because they consider it wrong to use pirated works, and don’t wish to fall foul of the law. It is the unavailability of high quality originals at fair prices that forces many consumers, particularly in the developing world, to fall back on the black market for access to the content for their educational and cultural development. 3 Yet, despite their poor treatment at the hands of rights-holders, the 3 Consumers International.

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