Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 237–259

Digital Piracy: Factors that Influence Attitude Toward Behavior


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-005-1902-9

Cite this article as:
Al-Rafee, S. & Cronan, T.P. J Bus Ethics (2006) 63: 237. doi:10.1007/s10551-005-1902-9


A new form of software piracy known as digital piracy has taken the spotlight. Lost revenues due to digital piracy could reach $5 billion by the end of 2005.Preventives and deterrents do not seem to be working – losses are increasing. This study examines factors that influence an individual’s attitude toward pirating digital material. The results of this study suggest that attitude toward digital pirating is influenced by beliefs about the outcome of behavior (cognitive beliefs), happiness and excitement (affective beliefs), age, the perceived importance of the issue, the influence of significant others (subjective norms), and machiavellianism. Given these results, measures can be developed which could alter attitudes toward digital piracy.


attitude toward digital piracyethical behavior

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Business AdministrationKuwait UniversitySafatKuwait
  2. 2.Walton College of Business 204University of ArkansasFayetteville