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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Study Revealed Shoplifting Considered Worse Than P2P

Study Revealed Shoplifting Considered Worse Than P2P

Study Revealed Shoplifting Considered Worse Than P2P

Added: Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A recent study made by the journal “Psychology, Crime and Law” revealed that the students tend to think that there's a huge difference between stealing a physical CD from a shop and pirating that same content on the Internet. This remains firm even despite the threat of litigation and huge fines from the music industry. In other words, younger people are actually disconnected from the cost of content encountered on the Internet.

The research was conducted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln among 172 US students. The aim of the study was to find out a difference in attitudes to shoplifting a physical CD, and infringing copyright on the Internet by sharing the same songs. Overall, the majority agreed that shoplifting a CD was worse, as the respondents were socially influenced not to do that and felt a strong obligation to obey the rules. Meanwhile, the respondents revealed that downloading the same content from the Internet was less severe, despite the fact that the respect for the recording industry remained the same. Still, the sharing scenario revealed that students felt considerably less deterred from online infringing.

However, the group of respondents didn't show a uniform behaviour – although there were almost no differences on age, race, or year in university, they were on sex and social position. It turned out that the men showed lower respect for the recording industry in any case, while women felt a higher risk of getting caught. Besides, students coming from educated families appeared to show more respect for the recording industry than respondents from less-educated families.

The research is another proof for the fact that unauthorized music downloads differ considerably from traditional theft in several ways. First of all, there is no risk of physical harm in the Internet and it seems to be easier to escape. Even the threat of mass litigation initiated by the Recording Industry Association of America didn’t deter students from illegal file-sharing.

As a conclusion, the researchers admit that since more industries start restricting material and streamlining the purchase of the creative works, the attitudes will probably shift and the artists will lower their expectations of entitlement. However, that would undoubtedly be a very slow process.

April 22nd,2011

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Date:  Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-22 14:27:16)
DEMONLORD avatarinteresting read

posted by Site Friend (2011-04-22 14:40:45)
karakurachow avatarit is actually true.Robbing is any time worse than sharing illegally lol

posted by (2011-04-23 01:04:45)
Internetrebel avatarWTF? This is comparing two totally different things. Of course shoplifting is worse than copying! If I physically steal something, it's gone, can't be sold to anyone else, I'll be a thief, taking something from someone.

If I copy something, nothing's gone, can still be sold to millions of other dumb asses, I'm not a thief, didn't take anything from anyone.

posted by (2011-04-23 06:12:07)
jpro132 avatarCommon sense would tell you "less educated" (poor) people are more likely to pirate simply because if they didn't they wouldn't have those things. A "more educated" (wealthy) person has the money to buy them and has no real need to pirate things other than just wanting to.

posted by (2011-04-23 22:16:27)
No avatarback in the day you could pop a cassette tape into any stereo and record music off of the radio. you were never punished for that. why can't i now put a cd into my computer and do the same thing?

posted by Blocked (2011-04-27 12:39:15)
No avatar@mystic8973 lol cause u dont have the dj talking through the beging of the song if u dl it from online, i do believe music should be free, most of it sucks anyway

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