The Digital IP Challenge Revisited – File-sharing and Copyright Development in Hungary
Summary, in English
The findings indicate that due to their specific language, Hungarians are more motivated to set up and run their own darknet sites where copyrighted contents – mainly movies and TV-shows – are available not only in original releases, but with Hungarian translations as well. The popularity of darknet sites is similarly due to their special focus on different subject matter and categories. It is also salient that as long as the main darknet torrent-indexing sites are running, their users are not required to subscribe to VPN services and hide themselves via technological measures from the eyes of the right-holders and the police. The key motivation for file-sharers in Hungary seems to be its cost-free nature. As long as the price of copyrighted contents is high compared to the average income, Hungarians will not be motivated to use subscription models or purchase works in hard copies. File-sharing, therefore, seems to represent resistance to the pricing models of works rather than any expression of political opinion (as is the case with many “pirates”).
- Department of Sociology of Law
- Lund University Internet Institute (LUii)
- Centre for Work, Technology and Social Change (WTS)
The WIPO Journal
- Law and Society
- Information Systems, Social aspects
- Intellectual Property
- Criminal Law
- Online Piracy
- The Pirate Bay.
- Legal Challenges in a Digital Context
- ISSN: 2041-2029