Report addresses ‘global copyright pandemic’

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Burlingame, Calif.—Research firm Outsell released Tuesday a study that indicates corporate employees are disregarding copyright rules and placing their enterprise at risk for lawsuits.

The report, "The Global Copyright Pandemic: A First-Aid Kit for Publishers and Information Providers," also said publishers and other information producers are giving up significant revenues by not enforcing their copyrights.

The study found that the Internet has led to what Outsell calls a "copyright infringement pandemic," as people forward information found on the Web to their peers without knowing whether the forwarding is authorized.

The study recommends that publishers and other content companies explore transaction-based licensing and expanded micropayments.

—Sean Callahan

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