Why is online piracy ethically different from theft? A vignette experiment
AbstractThis study employs a vignette experiment to inquire, which features of online “piracy” make it ethically discernible from a traditional theft. This question is pertinent since the social norm concerning traditional theft is starkly different from the evidence on ethical evaluation of online “piracy”. We specifically distinguish between contextual features of theft, such as for example the physical loss of an item, breach of protection, availability of alternatives, emotional proximity to the victim of theft, etc. We find that some of these dimensions have more weight in ethical judgment, but there are no clear differences between online and traditional theft which could explain discrepancy in the frequency of commitment.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw in its series Working Papers with number 2013-24.
Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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vignette experiment; illegal downloading; digital piracy; illegal download; downloading behaviour; P2P network;
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- A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
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- NEP-ALL-2013-10-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2013-10-05 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-CUL-2013-10-05 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2013-10-05 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-ICT-2013-10-05 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-IPR-2013-10-05 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-IUE-2013-10-05 (Informal & Underground Economics)
- NEP-LAW-2013-10-05 (Law & Economics)
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