The effects of consumers' ethical beliefs on copying behaviour

Tracy A. Suter, Steven W. Kopp, David M. Hardesty

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Computer technologies, in general, and Internet technologies, in particular, have had a tremendous impact on all aspects of business over the last several years. One area of continued concern is the protection of intellectual properties within the boundaries of these computer-mediated environments, most notably copyrights. While the ability to share copyrighted information has always existed at the most basic levels, the advent of the information age has allowed the sharing of this information to take place in potentially greater quantities and without a loss of quality. As such, copying digital works creates a major threat to industries dealing in the production and distribution of copyrightable creations. The focus of this research is to better understand how consumers' ethical philosophies and judgements regarding the opportunities to download copyrighted works from the Internet impact assessments of copying behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-202
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Consumer Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Consumer behaviour
  • Copyright
  • Intellectual property
  • Internet
  • Public policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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