Lee, Yeop Paek and Fenoff (2018)
|Lee, Yeop Paek and Fenoff (2018)|
|Title:||Factors associated with digital piracy among early adolescents|
|Author(s):||Byung Lee, Seung Yeop Paek, Roy Fenoff|
|Citation:||Lee, B., Yeop Paek, S., Fenoff, R. Factors associated with digital piracy among early adolescents. Child and Youth Services Review. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.02.002|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||The authors analysed survey data gathered in 2009 by the Korean Institute of Criminology. Employing stratified cluster sampling, representative samples were drawn from fifth (32%), sixth (32%) and seventh (36%) grade students in Seoul, resulting in a total of 1032 school children.
Two dependent variables were analysed: the first assessing whether respondents intentionally downloaded copyrighted content without paying; the second was in regards to whether respondents had shared copyrighted content with others. Measures to assess perceptions of morality and legality of these actions were also assessed.
|Data Type:||Secondary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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With increasing capacity for storing and transmitting digital content via peer-to-peer networks, digital piracy remains to be a growing concern for various industries worldwide. Concurrently, young people have been at the forefront of adopting and using new technology to share or distribute information with one another. Given that the majority of existing studies have relied on college samples, it is valuable to explore the factors associated with digital piracy among adolescents in non-Western cultures. Using a South Korean sample and multivariate logistic regression, the current study found that association with deviant peers as well as attitudinal and perception indicators are linked with one's participation in digital piracy. These findings suggest that in addition to peer association, an individual's moral attitude toward and perceived legality of digital piracy play a role in the illegal downloading and unauthorized uploading of copyrighted media files among youth. Implications for research and policy are discussed
Main Results of the Study
• Peer association with those who engage in digital piracy is correlated with likelihood of illegal downloading of copyrighted material, and uploading to blogs or websites.
• Female respondents were more likely than males to upload copyrighted content via a link to a blog or website. Similar results were found for youths with lower socioeconomic statuses.
• In regards to moral acceptability of sharing copyrighted digital content: 55% of respondents perceived this to be illegal; 12% perceived this to be legal, and; 33% were uncertain regarding whether such behaviour was legal or not. Youths who perceived this behaviour to be legal were more likely to engage in infringing behaviour.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
Whilst no policy implications are stated directly by the authors, emphasis is placed on the role of education by teachers and parents to influence youth behaviour. Firstly, the authors suggest monitoring and intervention of online interactions (e.g. on Facebook), particularly where there is engagement with peers engaging in illegal or immoral behaviour. Secondly, parents and teachers should provide education on the legal consequences of infringing behaviour. Thirdly, creating an environment with a shared sense of morality could help sway youth’s decisions on whether to engage in infringing behaviour.