Illegal file-sharing in the academy: assessment, implications, and policy responses

Eric Linden

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: KF3080 .L46 2005


This thesis explores the Federal Government???s role and prospects for combating illegal file-sharing by examining the problem from a classic three prong approach: technology development, enforcement, and ethics reform through education. Original survey data was used to assess the current state of the problem, and the analytic hierarchy process was used to examine the current state of technology development. The thesis concludes with policy recommendations for government action. The author found that enforcement is the most effective method of lowering the music, movie, and software file-sharing rates.