The Study of Online Piracy Protection -Focusing on Punishment and Moral Obligation-

인터넷 저작권 침해 보호에 관한 연구 -저작권 침해에 대한 처벌 및 윤리의식을 중심으로-

  • 박주연 (연세대학교 정보대학원)
  • Received : 2012.11.26
  • Accepted : 2012.12.24
  • Published : 2013.01.31


As the Internet is widely used worldwide, digital asset on the internet becomes to be critical to protect from illegal copying and piracy which is an unlawful action that download or upload copyrighted materials from the Internet without having a right to use them from the copyright owners. Such an illegal and unethical behavior are pervading and becoming a big concern in many industries and business sectors over the world. This study examines the effect of the user's perception for piracy regulation and moral obligation on online piracy intention. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to see the different effect of regulation and moral obligation on piracy attitude and intention so as to suggest an effective method of piracy protection and to bring an attention on moral and ethical education for online piracy. The result of this study showed both punishment and moral obligation toward online piracy are significantly associated with users' attitude on piracy, indicating that higher level of punishment severity as well as moral obligation lead to decrease piracy attitude. This research also revealed that the level of users' moral obligation has a stronger relationship with piracy attitude than punishment.