Illegal Downloading, Ethical Concern, and Illegal Behavior

  title={Illegal Downloading, Ethical Concern, and Illegal Behavior},
  author={Kirsten J Robertson and Lisa S. McNeill and James A Green and Clair Glynis Roberts},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
Illegally downloading music through peer-to-peer networks has persisted in spite of legal action to deter the behavior. This study examines the individual characteristics of downloaders which could explain why they are not dissuaded by messages that downloading is illegal. We compared downloaders to non-downloaders and examined whether downloaders were characterized by less ethical concern, engagement in illegal behavior, and a propensity toward stealing a CD from a music store under varying… 

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