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2/3 of students don't care about illegal downloading says survey

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Apr 2007 21:01 User comments (11)

2/3 of students don't care about illegal downloading says survey According to a survey by SurveyU, a group of researchers that conduct surveys of college students, although there are risks of getting in legal trouble with the RIAA, 67 percent of students on college campuses do not care and are overlooking the reprecussions of illegally downloading music.
Conducted during the weekened of March 24th, the survey asked 500 students how many songs they owned, how they acquired these songs, whether they side with the RIAA, musicians, the government, or other college students and how informed they were on the legal precedence of digital rights and illegal downloading.

The results were not all that surprising. 53 percent of the students were aware of the legal issues but only 35 percent of that group was familiar with their own legal rights.

The survey also found that only 57 percent of the student's total libraries had been purchased.

"Clearly there's a sense among college students that once a song has been digitized, it's free,"
said Dan Coates, Co-Founder of SurveyU. "This is a generation that has grown up around digital media and is living on the fault lines of a digital rights issue."

When asked if they felt illegal downloading was affecting musicians only 40 percent agreed while the other 60 percent gave a statement almost identical to this one: "Musicians don't suffer since their growing fan base buys concert tickets and makes other financial contributions to their success."

Jeff Rabhan, a manger for artists such as Jermaine Dupri and Kelis has stated, in the Wall Street Journal, that "Sales are so down and so off that, as a manager, I look at a CD as part of the marketing of an artist, more than as an income stream. It's the vehicle that drives the tour, the merchandise, building the brand and that's it. There's no money."

"Concerts have been booming with double-digits growth, but the record companies aren't in on the profits made at concerts,"
Coates agreed.

Of the 500 students interviewed, 490 agreed that they had at least one song that was not purchased legally.

"If you ask me, 98 percent of people are doing it - it's not just a group of bad kids. It's like we have to punish an entire generation,"
explained Coates. "It's small things, like the subtle change in words, from file-sharing to piracy. Those two phrases conjure up very different images. What I'm saying is that you'd have to do a lot of talking to convince me that these kids are profiting off these files."


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11 user comments

15.4.2007 21:46

What I'm saying is that you'd have to do a lot of talking to convince me that these kids are profiting off these files."

Kinds of sums up the whole thing doesn't it?!

The labels are ticked because most of their money comes from cd's and the artists money comes from touring.

25.4.2007 21:58

i'd rather my money go to the artist anyway and not the greedy corporations

35.4.2007 22:31

mmm, i dont want to be a pain, but is it just me, or are we seeing the same news over and over again, dont get me wrong i love afterdawn but for example:

the same for laser tv, like 3 dif news all about the same 360 elite, wouldnt it be better if only the old new got an update and back to the top of the news, but more like a follow up, mantaining all the comments???

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Apr 2007 @ 22:32

46.4.2007 4:58

Explain to me how that is the same news? It is nothing like that old article.

56.4.2007 6:24

there is no such thing as "illegal downloading" if it was "illegal" to simply download a file then every time you see a video on youtube that was posted improperly or you saw a picture illegally posted wile doing a google picture search you’d be breaking the law. Because in both instances you are downloading that file to your computer, even if its just a temp file. no different than downloading a movie off p2p.

FACT: not one person in america has ever been sued or arrested for DOWNLOADING anything.

it goes back to fundamental principles of our law code, simply taking something offered to you is not illegal even if the person who gave it to you stole it. you have to KNOW it was stolen. and because the internet is so vast and complicated it would be unfair to burden the average user with finding out the legality of every last little link or file or picture he/she clicked on wile surfing around the net. our country actually has a very p2p friendly policy, copywrite holders can basically only go after people DISTRIBUTING their work, not even the sites they do it on (youtube).

students on college campuses do not care and are overlooking the repercussions of illegally downloading music
there are NO repercussions to "downloading" music only "uploading". check the news source its a college news letter, im going to guess they are use to writing articles about what cleans barf out of a carpet and how many kids can be stuffed into a phone booth, not the complex legal issues involved with p2p. STOP POSTING ARTICLES THAT TRY TO SAY DOWNLOADING IS ILLEGAL IT ISNT! ONLY UPLOADING IS.

66.4.2007 7:07

georgeluv, unfortunately the laws are not clear and leave a lot of room to misunderstandings... and only the big corps have enough power ($$$) to push authorities to enforce their interpretaion of the same laws...

that´s why we see the police closing index and tracker sites, even subtitles sites, that carry not a single byte of illegal material...

76.4.2007 7:22

and thats because we all know that 500 people represents the entire college going population. I highly doubt that 57% of college students paid for all their music.

86.4.2007 7:36

Seeing as Jermaine Dupri and Kellis both suck, the less money I put in their pockets, the better.

96.4.2007 12:36

Kinda ironic that CONCERT SALES are UP while CD SALES are DOWN! Makes you wonder just how "effective" the "sue 'em all" campaign is.

Frankly I don't think the "sue 'em all" campaign is even close to a success, but an absolute failure in that all it did was create more piracy than it stopped!

106.4.2007 20:58

LMAO. I love that - "sue 'em all campaign"

I'm gonna use that from now on. I hope you don't have that copyrighted. If you do, well... too bad, we're all pirates here anyways, eh?

119.4.2007 8:03

2/3 of students don't care about illegal downloading says survey

Really it's like your other side which only shows up when you are alone.
Anyway i am not one of those students!(SEE!)


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