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The effects of consumers’ ethical beliefs on copying behaviour


  • Tracy Suter


  • Steven Kopp


  • David Hardesty



Computer technologies, in general, and Internet technologies, in particular, have had a tremendous impact on all aspects of business over the last several years. One area of continued concern is the protection of intellectual properties within the boundaries of these computer-mediated environments, most notably copyrights. While the ability to share copyrighted information has always existed at the most basic levels, the advent of the information age has allowed the sharing of this information to take place in potentially greater quantities and without a loss of quality. As such, copying digital works creates a major threat to industries dealing in the production and distribution of copyrightable creations. The focus of this research is to better understand how consumers’ ethical philosophies and judgements regarding the opportunities to download copyrighted works from the Internet impact assessments of copying behaviour. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

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  • Tracy Suter & Steven Kopp & David Hardesty, 2006. "The effects of consumers’ ethical beliefs on copying behaviour," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 29(2), pages 190-202, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jcopol:v:29:y:2006:i:2:p:190-202
    DOI: 10.1007/s10603-006-9002-5

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    1. Muncy, James A. & Vitell, Scott J., 1992. "Consumer ethics: An investigation of the ethical beliefs of the final consumer," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 24(4), pages 297-311, June.
    2. B. Zorina Khan & Kenneth L. Sokoloff, 2001. "The Early Development of Intellectual Property Institutions in the United States," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 15(3), pages 233-246, Summer.
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    1. Barbara Culiberg, 2015. "The Role of Moral Philosophies and Value Orientations in Consumer Ethics: a Post-Transitional European Country Perspective," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 38(3), pages 211-228, September.


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