Determinants of unlawful file sharing: A scoping review

Watson, Steven, Zizzo, Daniel and Fleming, Piers (2015) Determinants of unlawful file sharing: A scoping review. PLoS One, 10 (6). ISSN 1932-6203

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We employ a scoping review methodology to consider and assess the existing evidence on the determinants of unlawful file sharing (UFS) transparently and systematically. Based on the evidence, we build a simple conceptual framework to model the psychological decision to engage in UFS, purchase legally or do nothing. We identify social, moral, experiential, technical, legal and financial utility sources of the decision to purchase or to file share. They interact in complex ways. We consider the strength of evidence within these areas and note patterns of results. There is good evidence for influences on UFS within each of the identified determinants, particularly for self-reported measures, with more behavioral research needed. There are also indications that the reasons for UFS differ across media; more studies exploring media other than music are required.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Watson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
Uncontrolled Keywords: scoping review,digital media,file sharing,illegal downloads,welfare
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social Cognition Research Group
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2015 22:29
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 00:40
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127921


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