dc.contributor.authorWang, Michelle Wanzheng.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChong, Pei Won.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, Germaine Shimin.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-29T04:16:30Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-27T06:13:00Z
dc.date.available2009-01-29T04:16:30Zen_US
dc.date.available2009-02-27T06:13:00Z
dc.date.copyright2008en_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10356/14850
dc.description.abstractDespite the decade-long battle over illegal music file sharing, surprisingly few attempts have been made to empirically examine the views of the millions of file sharers at the center of this controversy. With an aim toward generating law and policy recommendations, this study’s purpose, therefore, is to explore reported motivations for file sharing, and any ethical beliefs and practices that guide file sharers’ behaviors. Using Giesler and Pohlmann’s theoretical framework of “gifting motivations” and Lessig’s classification of purposes of use to guide the study, 40 in-depth interviews were conducted using a standard protocol, then analyzed using content analyses of the transcripts. File sharers reported a variety of motivations, including purposeful exposure to content outside their comfort zones. There was also strong evidence to suggest an informal sharing ethic. File sharing is perceived as an alternative through which users satisfy desires that existing markets are unable to meet in a timely fashion, if at all. Law and policy implications are discussed.en_US
dc.format.extent65 p. ; includes appendices.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsNanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.subjectDRNTU::Social sciences::Mass media
dc.titleMore than just free music : file sharing and the use of peer-to-peer networks.en_US
dc.typeFinal Year Project (FYP)en_US
dc.contributor.supervisorCenite, Marken_US
dc.contributor.schoolWee Kim Wee School of Communication and Informationen_US
dc.description.degreeBachelor of Communication Studiesen_US


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