A Behavioral Model of Digital Music Piracy

Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Forthcoming

34 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2004

See all articles by Ram D. Gopal

Ram D. Gopal

University of Connecticut - Department of Operations & Information Management

G. L. Sanders

SUNY at Buffalo - School of Management; State University of New York (SUNY) - Management Science and Systems

Sudip Bhattacharjee

University of Connecticut - Department of Operations & Information Management; US Census Bureau

Manish K. Agrawal

University of South Florida - College of Business Administration

Suzanne C Wagner

Niagara University

Abstract

The increasing pervasiveness of the internet, broadband connections and the emergence of digital compression technologies have dramatically changed the face of digital music piracy. Digitally compressed music files are essentially a perfect public economic good, and illegal copying of these files has increasingly become rampant. This paper presents a study on the behavioral dynamics which impact the piracy of digital audio files, and provides a contrast with software piracy. Our results indicate that the general ethical model of software piracy is also broadly applicable to audio piracy. However, significant enough differences with software underscore the unique dynamics of audio piracy. Practical implications that can help the recording industry to effectively combat piracy, and future research directions are highlighted.

Keywords: Digital music, Economics, Piracy, Ethics, Intellectual Property, Culture, Structural Equation Modeling

JEL Classification: C15, D83, L15, L82, 033, Z1

Suggested Citation

Gopal, Ram D. and Sanders, G. Lawrence and Bhattacharjee, Sudip and Agrawal, Manish K. and Wagner, Suzanne C, A Behavioral Model of Digital Music Piracy. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=527344

Ram D. Gopal

University of Connecticut - Department of Operations & Information Management ( email )

368 Fairfield Road
Storrs, CT 06269-2041
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G. Lawrence Sanders

SUNY at Buffalo - School of Management ( email )

Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14222
United States

State University of New York (SUNY) - Management Science and Systems ( email )

United States

Sudip Bhattacharjee (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - Department of Operations & Information Management ( email )

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Storrs, CT 06269-1041
United States

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US Census Bureau ( email )

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Manish K. Agrawal

University of South Florida - College of Business Administration ( email )

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, BSN 3403
Tampa, FL 33620-5500
United States

Suzanne C Wagner

Niagara University ( email )

Niagara University, NY 14109
United States

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