Neutralization theory and online software piracy: An empirical analysis [Book Review]

Ethics and Information Technology 9 (3):187-204 (2007)
Abstract
Accompanying the explosive growth of information technology is the increasing frequency of antisocial and criminal behavior on the Internet. Online software piracy is one such behavior, and this study approaches the phenomenon through the theoretical framework of neutralization theory. The suitability and applicability of nine techniques of neutralization in determining the act is tested via logistic regression analyses on cross-sectional data collected from a sample of university students in the United States. Generally speaking, neutralization was found to be weakly related to experience with online software piracy; other elements which appear more salient are suggested and discussed in conclusion.
Keywords Internet   computer crime   cybercrime   intellectual property theft   neutralization theory   software piracy
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