The study, done by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, found that while they considered shoplifting illegal and immoral, they did not feel that way about downloading music illegally. This, the researchers say, underscores the problems law enforcement agencies have had in trying to convince people to avoid this kind of theft.
A recent study from University of Nebraska-Lincoln says college students don't feel the same way about downloading music illegally on the web as they did about shoplifting.
Two hundred undergraduates were asked to react to a fellow student either shoplifting a CD or illegally downloading one. Overall, students expressed various reasons, such as morality, influence from family and friends, fear of getting caught, as to why they would follow the law and not steal the physical CD. Whereas with the downloading music, fewer students expressed the same kinds of emotions.