Al-Rafee and Rouibah (2010)
|Al-Rafee and Rouibah (2010)|
|Title:||The fight Against Digital Piracy: An Experiment|
|Author(s):||Al-Rafee, S., Rouibah, K.|
|Citation:||Al-Rafee, S., & Rouibah, K. (2010). The fight against digital piracy: An experiment. Telematics and Informatics, 27(3), 283-292.|
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|Data Description:||The data was gathered in the Arabic countries close to the golf (according to the paper) and from a population of undergrad university students in business and administration from different grade levels.
A total of 12 classes were selected (representing three classes per group). Each group had a freshman, a sophomore, and ajunior level class in it. The total sample included 319 students; 190 were females, and 129 were males. The average age was close to 19.7 years, with a minimum of 17 years and a maximum of 33 years
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
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With the increased reliance on the Internet, digital piracy is a hot topic that is receiving substantial interest. And while most studies concentrate on understanding piracy in developed countries, few studies have been done in developing countries. In order to fill in this gap, this study reports on an experiment to deter/prevent digital piracy behavior in an Arab and a Middle Eastern country. The study used an experiment where different treatments (effect of religion, law, and awareness) were applied to the samples. Results revealed that only the religion and awareness treatments contributed to a decline in digital piracy, and that awareness having the higher effect on the piracy intention. This study discusses the study results and implications for both research and practice.
Main Results of the Study
- The authors tested three hypothesis; whether piracy laws, religious beleifs and awarenes or reprocussons of piracy affected the subjects intention to digitally pirate.
- The authors findings seem to suggest that piracy is illegal seem not to matter when people make a decision on whether to pirate or not. The subjects were educated about the new laws fighting digital piracy but it didn't have a significant affect in decreasing the intent to digitally pirate.
- The authors also tried a religious treatment where they were told that the Islamic scholars denounced digital piracy. This was found to have a significant affect in decreasing the intent to pirate.
- The largest significant effect was found in the awareness treatment where subjects were made aware of the negative impact of digital piracy and the future ramifications of it. When subjects were made aware of the negative impacrs of digital piracy their intention to pirate dropped (in a statistically significant fashion) the most compared to the other treatments. This suggests that making people more aware of the negative impacts of digital piracy is the most effective policy for decreasing the intent to digitally pirate, out of the three treatment groups.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
- The results of the study seem to suggest that increasing awareness of the harms of piracy could decrease the overall amount of piracy.