Study Says Executives Are Biggest Risk for Copyright Infringement

Jul 22, 2013

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization creating global licensing and content solutions for copyright, announced key findings from Outsell's 2013 study on Enterprise Information Access, Consumption and Use. According to the data, 48% of executives believe it's acceptable to share information as long as it's not used for commercial purposes, and 45% believe digital or print paid information is fine to share.

On average, respondents in 2013 share content with 11.2 people per week compared to 7.2 people per week in 2007. Knowledge workers in Legal, Other Manufacturing, and Telecommunications/Media share with the greatest number of people (13 or more). Across all industries, the average number of forwards is 7.5 times per week. Legal workers forward most frequently at 11.5 times per week, followed by Energy, Wholesale, Telecommunications/Media, and Chemicals. The study found that knowledge workers' sharing has increased regardless of company size, with the primary method being email attachment. The top category of content types used during work is publications: 54% of respondents identify publications as critical to their job, followed by charts, tables and databases.