A Study of File Sharing Behaviour in Interner Users: Understanding the Torrent Technology
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
Atha ur Rahman Khan
Graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
Ph.D. Student, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University