Lapizuli - 7:58 pm on Apr 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think the real problem is that the Internet changed the reality of access, and that changed the ethical terms.
To a generation that grew up in the world of locked and alarmed museums, limited distribution and its entailment of weeding authorities (like editors and gallery owners) and retail buildings and mass market production, it seems perfectly right that attitudes reflect that secure reality and large-scale threat. To a generation that is growing up in a world of unlocked or easy-to-access and quick-to-create stuff and indie creators, it makes sense to reassess how we think of intellectual property.
Ethical attitudes are cultivated within an infrastructure, and if that infrastructure says "step right in, it's easy to go there, though of course it's not quite on," then only already-deeply-set ethical codes can combat real-life situations (like a fiercely competitive economic climate in a painfully shifting economy) and enforce self-discipline and keep one from going there.
Simply tightening the developing electronic infrastructure with more stringent controls and laws might be enough to change that, but I don't think so - I think it's like saying "Okay, we were on steady land, and now we're on the crazy sea, but don't worry, we're gonna build a platform across the entire ocean that still gives us access to swift and efficient travel but also keeps us on familiar steady ground." It's unrealistic. Far more likely we'll convert our attitudes about intellectual property, cooperative versus individual efforts, and self-identity based on the digital infrastructure.