Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781787351721 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787351738 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only

Regulating Content on Social Media

Copyright, Terms of Service and Technological Features

Corinne Tan

Regulating Content on Social Media

Corinne Tan

Distributed for UCL Press

278 pages | 55 illustrations | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781787351721 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787351738 Published August 2018 For sale in North America only

How are social media users influenced by platform when creating content, and does this influence determine whether or not they comply with copyright laws? These are pressing questions in today’s internet age, and Regulating Content on Social Media answers them by analyzing social media use from a copyright perspective. Corinne Tan compares the regulation of copyright laws across selected social media platforms—Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, and Wikipedia—with other regulatory factors such as the terms of service and the technological features of each platform. This comparison enables her to explore how each platform affects the role copyright laws play in securing compliance from their users. Through empirical research and a hypothetical case study detailing the social media activities of user Jane Doe, the book argues that, in spite of copyright laws’ purported regulation, users are encouraged by the social media platforms themselves to behave in ways that may be inconsistent with the law.

The first book to look at how social media platforms affect users’ compliance with copyright laws, Regulating Content on Social Media is a timely addition to the current media landscape.
 

Review Quotes
Melissa de Zwart, Adelaide Law School, Australia
“This book makes an important contribution to the field of social media and copyright. It tackles the real issue of how social media is designed to encourage users to engage in generative practices, in a sense effectively ‘seducing’ users into practices that involve misuse or infringement of copyright, whilst simultaneously normalising such practices.”
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