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Investigating the User Behavior of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Software

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Author(s): Shun-Po Chiu | Huey-Wen Chou

Journal: International Journal of Business and Management
ISSN 1833-3850

Volume: 6;
Issue: 9;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
In recent years, peer-to-peer file sharing has been a hotly debated topic in the fields of computer science, themusic industry, and the movie industry. The purpose of this research was to examine the user behavior ofpeer-to-peer file-sharing software. A methodology of naturalistic inquiry that involved qualitative interviews wasused to collect data from 21 university students in Taiwan.The results of the study revealed that a substantial amount of P2P file-sharing software is available to users. Themain reasons for using P2P file-sharing software are to save money, save time, and to access files that are nolonger available in stores. A majority of respondents use P2P file-sharing software to download music, movies,and software, and the respondents generally perceive the use of such software as neither illegal nor unethical.Furthermore, most users are free-riders, which means that they do not contribute files to the sharing process.
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