Watson, Zizzo and Fleming (2014)
|Watson, Zizzo and Fleming (2014)|
|Title:||Determinants and welfare implications of unlawful file sharing: a scoping review.|
|Author(s):||Watson, S. J., Zizzo, D. J., Fleming, P.|
|Citation:||Watson, S., Zizzo, D., & Fleming, P. (2014). Determinants and welfare implications of unlawful file sharing: a scoping review. CREATe Working Paper.|
|Link(s):||Definitive , Open Access|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||A scoping review was carried out to investigate and summarize the extent and nature of research (2003-2013) into the welfare implications and determinants of unlawful file sharing. Articles on unlawful file sharing for digital media including music, film, television, videogames, software and books, were methodically searched for within academic databases and a pre-publication repository; non-academic literature was sought from key stakeholders and research centers. 54,441 sources were initially found with a wide search and were narrowed down to 206 articles which examined human behavior, intentions or attitudes.|
|Data Type:||Primary and Secondary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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We employ an innovative scoping review methodology to consider and assess the existing evidence on the consequences and determinants of unlawful file sharing (UFS) transparently and systematically. We complement this with a simple conceptual framework to model the decision to engage in UFS and to map out the existing evidence. Whether UFS is good or bad for welfare remains unclear. Regarding determinants of UFS, studies that employ observed behavior as a measured outcome remain few, and fewer still for potential moral, experiential and social determinants. More experimental and longitudinal studies assessing causality are needed.
Main Results of the Study
- Unlawful file sharing has an ambiguous impact on welfare.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
Policy should be based on more detailed evidence related to users’ behaviour.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||Studies|
|Period of material under study:||2003-2013|