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Copyright Piracy on the University Campus: Trends and Lessons from the Software and Music Industries

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  • Eric Chiang


    (Department of Economics, College of Business, Florida Atlantic University)

  • Djeto Assane

    (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

In a 1996-7 survey of students at three public universities and one private liberal arts college, Chiang and Assane (2002) found that 53 per cent of the sample admitted to software piracy. Though this is a staggering percentage, over the past five years the public focus on copyright piracy among young technology savvy users, particularlyuniversity students, has shifted from software to music piracy via file sharing and CD reproduction. This paper studies the characteristics of these industries along with recent technological advances affecting them. We analyze how economic incentives toreduce piracy on the university campus have been successful for the software industry, and how the lack of such incentives in the music industry has caused a larger piracy issue today. Based on these findings, we discuss possible solutions to reducingmusic piracy on the university campus.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, College of Business, Florida Atlantic University in its series Working Papers with number 02001.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: May 2002
Publication status: Published in The International Journal on Media Management, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2002
Handle: RePEc:fal:wpaper:02001
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