The current study addresses theft of copyrighted music files on the Internet and the perceived effects of media reports surrounding lawsuits brought against individual music file sharers in September, 2003. Professors in several undergraduate communication classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology collected survey responses from 157 participants. Participants were asked to respond to questions related to perceived effect of these news reports on themselves and on others about lawsuits filed by the RIAA against music file sharers. The results of this study were inconsistent with the many previous studies on third-person effect, in that respondents did not perceive others to be more influenced by news reports about lawsuits brought against individual music file sharers than they themselves were.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Copyright--United States; Internet; Mass media--Influence; Intellectual property--United States
Communication and Media Technologies (MS)
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Communication (CLA)
Ofano, Janet P., "Intellectual Property Law and Digitial Technology: Exploring Thrid-Person Perceptions and Copyright Infringement on the Internet" (2004). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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