Research Shows Movie Pirates Pay For Content While Music Pirates Less Likely

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A new study found in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics aimed to find the differences between people who pirate music online and those who pirate movies online. According to the study, those who pirate movies exclusively are very different than those who pirate music exclusively. The researchers claim that those who pirate movies are “less likely to stop paying for movies in addition to stealing them.” Which means they are coming to the opposite conclusion for those who pirate music only.

The study also found that movie pirates tend to be wealthier (though that is a relative term) not as concerned about being caught and they are more willing to cut down their own piracy if they believed it was detrimental to the industry. Movie pirates also tend to live in larger cities and most intriguing, they tend to be early technology adopters. Which makes sense given that movie files are much different than mp3’s and probably require more hoops to jump through to rip, upload, download and convert.

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]In addition to the aforementioned findings, those who illegally download large quantities of movie files are also:

1. Less likely to cut back their spending on legal movies compared to those who steal music

2. Financially better off than music pirates

3. More likely to be male

4. Less likely to think they’ll be caught compared to those who steal music

According to UP, the study reinforces that piracy is not limited to the U.S. and U.K. markets and that the “behaviors and attitudes are similar worldwide.” As laws and regulations scramble to catch up with technology, media piracy continues to be a hot-button issue on a global scale.[/dropshadowbox]

The study is pretty lengthy but you might find its entirity pretty interesting.  Source links are down below. In the meantime, let us know what you think of this study in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

Sources: DNews, DigitalTrends, ScienceDirect

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