Illegal Downloading, Ethical Concern, and Illegal Behavior

@article{Robertson2012IllegalDE,
  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},
  year={2012},
  volume={108},
  pages={215-227}
}
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… 

Does opportunity make the thief? Abilities and moral disengagement in illegal downloading

TLDR
The results suggest that the practice ofillegal downloading is spreading across genders, and that other than moral disengagement, demographic factors of young age, pirating experience, and pirating ability are strong predictors of illegal downloading.

The roles of hypocrisy induction and self construal theory to stop illegal downloading

The purpose of the study is to reveal how hypocrisy induction and self-construal theory influence attitudes toward the public service announcement urging against illegal downloading and the

Investigating the Factors Influencing Digital Movie Piracy

ABSTRACT This article closes a theoretical gap in the literature by incorporating neutralization theory, mere exposure effect, self-control theory, and the theory of planned behavior to investigate

Adolescents' perception of illegal music downloads from the internet: An empirical investigation of Israeli high school students' moral atittude and behviour

TLDR
It is found that more than 80% of the participants are involved in illegal music downloading, while gender, age, religiosity, Internet experience and average daily Internet use influence the frequency of downloading.

Idiocentrism Versus Allocentrism and Ethical Evaluations on Illegal Downloading Intention Between the United States and South Korea

ABSTRACT This study examined the effects of the personality dimension of idiocentrism and allocentrism, individual experiences, and ethical evaluations on illegal downloading intention. Using data

Why buy when we can pirate? The role of intentions and willingness to pay in predicting piracy behavior

Purpose - – Digital piracy is one of the most popular forms of intellectual property theft and is currently recognized as a crime in several countries. This begs the question, if persons are fully

Online piracy in the context of routine activities and subjective norms

ABSTRACT Why do mainstream consumers who would not typically engage in illegal behaviour routinely resort to online piracy of copyrighted software? This paper provides answers to this research query

AN EXPLORATION OF ESSENTIAL FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE MUSIC STREAMING ADOPTION AND THE INTENTION TO ENGAGE IN DIGITAL PIRACY

TLDR
The results of this study suggest that platform and product usability, quality, and enjoyment can influence unauthorized downloading intention and purchasing intention of legitimate music streaming systems.

Movie piracy: how novelty-seeking relates to illegal downloading

Purpose Movie piracy is triggered by the release delay of new movies in various countries, especially if novelty awareness is considered an asset among peers. Therefore, novelty seeking becomes a
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 48 REFERENCES

Deterring illegal downloading: the effects of threat appeals, past behavior, subjective norms, and attributions of harm

The study employs two experiments to examine the effectiveness of various strategies used to dissuade consumers from downloading music illegally. The research investigates two specific strategies

Digital piracy of MP3s: consumer and ethical predispositions

Purpose – Illegal downloading of music has become an inexorable and rampant activity particularly among college students who have been little deterred by industry legal actions. The purpose of this

Is music downloading the new prohibition? What students reveal through an ethical dilemma

Although downloading music through unapproved channels is illegal, statistics indicate that it is widespread. The following study examines the attitudes and perceptions of college students that are

Money for Nothing and Hits for Free: The Ethics of Downloading Music from Peer-to-Peer Web Sites

This study relates consumer ethics and attitudes to the recent controversy over file-sharing Web sites such as Napster, Morpheus, and Kazaa. Data were collected from college students to determine

Student Attitudes on Software Piracy and Related Issues of Computer Ethics

Software piracy is older than the PC and has been the subject of several studies, which have found it to be a widespread phenomenon in general, and among university students in particular. An earlier

Preventing Digital Music Piracy: The Carrot or the Stick?

The goal of this article is to ascertain the factors that govern consumers’ willingness to pirate a digital product, such as a digital music track. The authors assess the tendency to pirate with both

Softlifting: Exploring Determinants of Attitude

Softlifting, or the illegal duplication of copyrighted software by individuals for personal use, is a serious and costly problem for software developers and distributors. Understanding the factors

Risk-taking patterns of female adolescents: what they do and why.

TLDR
Results indicated that participants engaged in a variety of risky behaviors ranging from traditional adolescent risk-taking behaviors, e.g. drinking and sex, to other behaviors not typically included in studies of risk- taking, e,g. interpersonal and financial risky behaviors.

Software Piracy in the Workplace: A Model and Empirical Test

TLDR
The development and empirical validation of a model of software piracy by individuals in the workplace indicates that individual attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control are significant precursors to the intention to illegally copy software.

Spot the difference: consumer responses towards counterfeits

Examines consumers’ motivation for buying counterfeits or pirated goods. The findings indicated that, compared to those who did not buy pirated music CDs, those who bought the counterfeits viewed