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"I Am Not a Lawyer": Copyright Q&A in Online Creative Communities

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Once referred to by the Supreme Court as the metaphysics" of law, many parts of copyright policy are historically confusing. Therefore, it isn't surprising that in communities where amateur content creators work within a legal gray area, copyright is a frequent topic of conversation. Here, people with often little knowledge of the letter of the law are asking and answering complex legal questions in the context of their creative activities. Working from a content analysis of public forum conversations in eight different online communities, we have examined these questions and answers more closely. By studying these interactions, what can we learn about how people engage with the law and how non-expert advice affects behavior and knowledge?"


Fiesler, Casey; Feuston, Jessica; Bruckman, Amy S. (2014): "I Am Not a Lawyer": Copyright Q&A in Online Creative Communities. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/2660398.2663774. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 291–294. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA