Morris and Higgins (2009)
|Morris and Higgins (2009)|
|Title:||Neutralizing Potential and Self-Reported Digital Piracy: A Multitheoretical Exploration Among College Undergraduates|
|Author(s):||Morris, R. G., Higgins, G. E.|
|Citation:||Morris, R. G. and Higgins, G. E. 2009. Neutralizing Potential and Self-Reported Digital Piracy: A Multitheoretical Exploration Among College Undergraduates. Criminal Justice Review, 34, 173-195.|
|Link(s):||Definitive , Open Access|
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|Linked by:||Higgins, Marcum, Freiburger and Ricketts (2012), Morris and Higgins (2010), Siponen, Vance and Willison (2012)|
|About the Data|
|Data Description:||Fall 2006 semester, from two medium sized universities in Eastern and Southern United States. In all, 585 students completed questionnaires.|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
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This study explores retrospective (self-reported) and prospective (willingness to engage) participation in digital piracy via a multitheoretical approach relying on self-control, social learning, microanomie, and techniques of neutralization. Using more complete measures of digital piracy than in previous studies (illegal music, software, and movie downloading), data were collected from undergraduate students from multiple universities (n = 585). Modest support was found for neutralization theory when controlling for other theoretical variables. Modest support was also established for social learning theory. It is clear that there is an underexplored cross-theoretical dynamic in explaining self-reported piracy and willingness to engage in digital piracy. Suggestions for policy and future research are presented and limitations are accounted for.
Main Results of the Study
The study tests 4 hypothesis:
- It is expected that influence from denial of responsibility, injury, victim, condemnation of condemners, appeal to higher loyalties, and the defense of necessity will be directly and positively related to both willingness to participate in and self-reported digital piracy—illegal software, music, and movie downloading.
- In the present study, it is expected that low level of self-control will have a direct and positive effect on both self-reported and willingness to participate in digital piracy.
- We expect that social learning theory will have direct and positive effect on both self-reported and willingness to engage in digital piracy behaviors.
- Individuals who have stronger levels of self-enhancing values (microanomie)should be more likely to report past participation and report potential future participation in digital piracy.
- The neutralization construct was found to have a statistically significant direct effect on willingness (prospective) to engage in illegally downloading a music CD but not on potential video piracy.
- Differential association was also significant and influenced the odds of greater willingness by a factor of 24.7% with Self-reported music piracy, but not video or software.
- Willingness to engage in video piracy was influenced by microanomie and low self-control, as well as by each form of retrospective piracy and willingness to engage in music piracy.
- None of the sociodemographic control variables in the willingness models were found to be significant in predicting the outcome variables.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
- Administrators should also focus on educating students on the potential ramifications of being charged with digital piracy, both civilly and criminally
- Overall, curricula can be developed and properly used to provide valid information for college students.
- University administrators may also want to consider cooperating with online digital media providers to provide legitimate access to students while enrolled at the institution