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The Controversial World of On-Line File Sharing: An Investigation of Online File-sharers

The Controversial World of On-Line File Sharing: An Investigation of Online File-sharers
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Author(s): Ramesh Subramanian (Quinnipiac University, USA ) and John Rian (Quinnipiac University, USA)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch123
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

On-line file sharing has enjoyed a meteoric rise since its appearance in 1999. This phenomenon has brought with it multiple ethical and legal issues that question the technology’s legitimacy in a networked world. Despite ethical and legal questions, on-line file sharing is here to stay and will continue to proliferate. Given this, it is useful to learn more about the phenomenon of on-line file sharing. In this paper we examine the file sharers themselves % their demographics, attitudes, biases, proficiency in computer use, etc. Studying these concepts and characteristics will enable academics and practitioners to learn more about the social dimension of on-line communities and will enhance the design and development of virtual organizations.

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