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Digital Piracy
A Global, Multidisciplinary Account

ISBN 9781138067400
Published April 11, 2018 by Routledge
286 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Non-Commercial digital piracy has seen an unprecedented rise in the wake of the digital revolution; with wide-scale downloading and sharing of copyrighted media online, often committed by otherwise law-abiding citizens. Bringing together perspectives from criminology, psychology, business, and adopting a morally neutral stance, this book offers a holistic overview of this growing phenomenon. It considers its cultural, commercial, and legal aspects, and brings together international research on a range of topics, such as copyright infringement, intellectual property, music publishing, movie piracy, and changes in consumer behaviour. This book offers a new perspective to the growing literature on cybercrime and digital security.

This multi-disciplinary book is the first to bring together international research on digital piracy and will be key reading for researchers in the fields of criminology, psychology, law and business.

Table of Contents


1. Digital Piracy: A Global, Multidisciplinary Account: Contextualising Digital Piracy (Thomas J. Holt and Steven Caldwell Brown)

Section I: Evolving Media Consumption Practices

2. The Times They Are a-Changin’: Digital Music Value in Transition from Piracy to Streaming (Hyojung Sun)

3. Digital Piracy, New Media and Consumer Choice (Holly Tessler and Kenny Forbes)

4. Anti-piracy Policies, Online Film Circulation and On-demand Culture: The Italian Context Between Formality and Informality (Valentina Re)

Section II: Approaches to Understanding Digital Piracy

5. The Social and Applied Psychology of Engagement in Music Piracy (Amanda Krause and Steven Caldwell Brown)

6. An Examination of Digital Piracy Behavior through the Lens of Cultural and Non-Cultural Variables (Monika Kukar-Kinney, Irena Vida and Mateja Kos Koklic)

7. Copyright Infringement and Cultural Participation (Juan D. Montoro-Pons, Manuel Cuadrado-Garcia and Migeul Puchades-Navarro)

8. Who Cares if Taytay Gets Pay Pay? Shake it Off: The Apathy of the Contemporary Music Consumer (Gary Sinclair)

Section III: Assessments of the Impact of Digital Piracy

9. DeLiberating the Information Commons: A Critical Analysis of Intellectual Property and Piracy (Kevin Steinmetz and Alexandra Pimentel)

10. The Criminality of Digital Piracy: Is it a Pathway More Serious Offending? (George Burruss and Cassandra Dodge)

11. Criminology’s Contribution to the Study of Digital Piracy (Adam Bossler and Tyler Edwards)


12. Identifying Paths Forward in the Study of Piracy (Steven Caldwell Brown and Thomas J. Holt)


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Steven Caldwell Brown is an early career researcher based at The University of Strathclyde. Receiving his Ph.D. in 2015 from Glasgow Caledonian University, his Doctoral research was the first major psychological approach to understanding music piracy. A Chartered Psychologist, Steven is an expert in both the cultural and commercial impact of the digital revolution on contemporary music listening practices.

Thomas J. Holt is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis in 2005. His research focuses on cybercrime, cyberterror, and policy responses to these global problems.