Survey on Copyright Infringement of Digital Contents: A Case Study of Japanese University Students

  • Rieko Inaba
  • Remi Yamazaki
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 529)


This study clarified the actual use of infringed content for university students in Japan using a survey on the target video and audio contents. In this study, the following became clear. (1) The use of digital content has been pervasive. The demand for music-related content is high. (2) Most users watch and listen to digital contents without consideration for copyright infringement. Indeed, users indicated feeling no guilt and concern for the risks involved when accessing infringed materials. These results show that many users lack a proper understanding of copyright laws.


Copyright infringement Digital contents Japanese university students 



We are thankful to fruitful discussion with Professor Kashiko Kodate of Photonic System Solutions Inc.


  1. 1.
    White paper on Information and Communications in Japan, Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications.
  2. 2.
    Anti-piracy reinforcement project 2010, Ministry of Economy. (in Japanese)
  3. 3.
    Anti-piracy reinforcement project 2012, Ministry of Economy. (in Japanese)

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTsuda CollegeKodairaJapan

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