Nathan Fisk


In an attempt to both provide added services to students and help curb the growing problem of music piracy on college campuses, many universities have implemented legal digital music services. The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was one of these universities, where the Cdigix Ctrax service is provided to students. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of such a strategy, Information Technology Services (ITS) at RIT requested the services of Dr. Samuel McQuade, who administered a Webbased survey to all Ctrax users and an equal number of randomly selected non-Ctrax using students at RIT. In total, 447 students responded to the survey. This thesis represents a secondary analysis of the data gathered from that survey within the context of social learning. The findings reveal that social learning theory provides a useful framework for explaining illegitimate P2P at RIT and potentially on college campuses across the nation.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Social learning; Social psychology; Peer-to-peer architecture (Computer networks); Internet--Social aspects; Downloading of data; Copyright infringement

Publication Date


Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Department of Communication (CLA)


Pugliese, Rudy - Chair

Advisor/Committee Member

McQuade, Samuel


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: LB1084 .F47 2006


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