Monday, July 04, 2005

Most US college students think downloading copyrighted material ok

from webindia123:

Two-thirds of U.S. college students see nothing unethical about downloading digital copyrighted files without paying, a survey found.

In addition, 52 percent think downloading music without paying is acceptable behavior in the workplace, according to the survey released by Business Software Alliance.

The survey reveals 45 percent of students are using campus networks for downloading activities.

Downloading music is a gateway to downloading software, the survey found. Among students who say they would always download music or movies without paying for them, 27 percent said they regularly download software from a peer-to-peer network.

Generation Y has largely grown up using the Internet and the majority of this group is extremely comfortable with technology, said Diane Smiroldo, BSA's vice president for public affairs. Unfortunately, this survey shows students who engage in these illegal behaviors are likely to continue after college and when they enter the business world.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, polled 1,000 students and 200 university faculty and administrators' digital piracy attitudes and behaviors.

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