This thesis explores the Federal Government's role and prospects for combating illegal file-sharing by examining the problem from a classic three prong approach: technology development, enforcement, and ethics reform through education. Original survey data was used to assess the current state of the problem, and the analytic hierarchy process was used to examine the current state of technology development. The thesis concludes with policy recommendations for government action. The author found that enforcement is the most effective method of lowering the music, movie, and software file-sharing rates.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Copyright infringement--Prevention--Government policy--United States; Universities and colleges--Computer networks--Security measures; Internet--Social aspects--United States; Downloading of data--United States--Statistics; Copyright infringement--United States--Statistics; Intellectual property--United States
Linden, Eric S., "Illegal file-sharing in the academy: assessment, implications, and policy responses" (2005). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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