Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Finance, Real Estate, and Business Law

First Advisor

Kimberly Goodwin

Advisor Department

Finance, Real Estate, and Business Law


The purpose of this study is to assess the demographic profile of online music pirates and to assess how the magnitudes of various existing constructs differ according to gender. To reach conclusions as to which kinds of college students engage in online music piracy and their reasons for doing so, a campus-wide online survey that assessed the demographic information and piracy motivations of participants was offered to college students at a university. There is a need for this study because it will further contribute to a growing knowledge base that offers explanations as to why individuals partake in acts of piracy and who those individuals are demographically.