The struggle to enforce copyright laws in the digital age
continues to be an uphill battle for content owners. Americans’ attitude
towards copyrighted material online has remained dismissive, even amidst
widespread media coverage and legal action aimed at educating the public
about the threat file-sharing poses to the intellectual property industries.
Over time, the music downloading audience has grown to roughly 35 million
American adults while about 26 million say they share files online. Young
adults and full-time students are among the most likely to download or share
files and are also the least likely to say they care about copyright.