THIS IS NOT A REPORT ON PIRACY
Our research project is not a study of piracy. We prefer to speak about social exchange of digital content and their informal circulations. If one sets out to find 'pirates' on the internet - he will find them. We try to show through our research that the same people, who are stigmatized as 'pirates' in the public debate, are also lovers of books, music and movies. And among some of th best clients of the cultural industries.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Through our report, titled 'Circulations of Culture. On Social Distribution of Content', we would like to reconsider a vision we often encounter in the public debate: that of the cultural sphere destroyed by 'pirates' who illegally download and copy books, music and movies. The study was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of sociologists, anthropologists and media theorists from Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska, led by Mirek Filiciak, Justyna Hofmokl and Alek Tarkowski. Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska is a Polish non-governmental organization and research institution working with digital technologies towards greater civic and cultural engagement.
Our research demonstrates that the border between legal and illegal circulations of culture are often fluid and undefined - as the internet grows and changes faster than its regulation by the legal system. Three times more Poles participate in informal circulations of culture (mainly online) than they do in formal, market circulations (putting aside the issue of TV viewing). Surprisingly, those who obtain content informally, through the internet are among those who most often buy content in stores.
Thsi report is the first of its kind to demonstrate in detail the character of informal participation of Poles in culture. Based on empirical data we show that the internet is not killing culture in Poland.
SEE A MAHSHUP OF THE REPORT
Michał Szota, a Polish artist, graphic and interface designer, prepared an online mashup of the report. See our study in a remixed version!
DOWNLOAD THE REPORT
The report can be downloaded as a PDF file. We are also making available raw datasets, together with survey questionnaires (both in Polish). Our raw data is also available on Figshare.