A Study of File Sharing Behaviour in Interner Users: Understanding the Torrent Technology

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It is no doubt that in the technologically sophisticated world we live in today, computers, internet, software development combined with the hardware assets has made a miles apart world a global village networked within the space of a key “Enter”! At one instance technology can be seen as a tool which turned around businesses while at another it has allowed itself to be misused in a way that has led to a sharp decline in the profit a company deserves. Music industry, software industry, motion pictures can be illustrated as examples of few such victims. To begin with, this paper will apprise the reader about the very latest and complex methodologies that entice the young, computer savvy minds to get involved in digital piracy. According to the various laws discussed in extant literature digital piracy falls into the category of white collar crime. Some countries like United States have imposed laws to curb piracy but many others still have feeble policies. It is important to emphasize that digital piracy is not just unethical but also illegal. In this paper, the author(s) attempt to study the uploading/downloading, namely file sharing behavior of the internet users and then recommend few steps of curbing the illegal file sharing activity.


Keywords: Computer, Torrent, Download, Upload, Piracy, Digital, Cyber, Crime, Internet, Ethics
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Atha ur Rahman Khan

Graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

The author is currently enrolled in the master’s program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Michigan State University, USA. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, India in 2006. The primary research focus of the author is in the area of Fluid Mechanics. He is working as a research assistant for Dr. Guy Raguin and has been a teaching assistant for over a year at the College of Engineering, MSU. The author has been involved in a number of non-profit organizations as a volunteer. His exposure to diverse problems, people and opinions has always served as a source of motivation for him to take up initiatives on issues that demand attention and affect the society as a whole.

Manish Madan

Ph.D. Student, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Manish is a second year doctoral candidate in Criminal Justice at the School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. Along with his graduate studies, he is also involved in the departmental activities such as research and teaching assistance. He is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Mahesh Nalla and Dr. Vincent Hoffman. Starting Summer 2007, he is also working as an Assistant Editor for the prestigious journal, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice published by the School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

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