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Why Do People Pirate Music?

By Andrew Cullison
10 Mar 2014

This article offers an interesting take on pirating music online. It seems that users who pirate music are adhering to certain norms, and they think that downloading music in many circumstances is wrong.

The basic claim is that people don’t respond to anti-piracy considerations. They do, however, respond to considerations that point out that the music is easily available online already. The advice to copyright holders is to simply make their music easily available online. What do you think?

Andrew Cullison is the director of the Cincinnati Ethics Center.
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