Ethics and Information Technology

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 211–218 | Cite as

The association of moral development and moral intensity with music piracy

  • Darryl J. Woolley
Original Paper


Prior research has not found a meaningful relationship between digital piracy and moral development, possibly because students do not recognize digital piracy as a moral issue. Rather than measure moral development as an individual characteristic, this study tests which components of moral development are seen as relevant to digital piracy. If some of the stages of moral development are applicable to music piracy behavior, people are more likely to pirate than to engage in other more morally intense behaviors. Some of the stages of moral development are found to be associated with moral development. Proximity to the victim reduces the acceptability of music piracy.


Defined issues test Moral development Moral intensity Music piracy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IdahoMoscowUSA

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