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[FYI] Portrait of a Pirate
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New School of Thought on Piracy
by Brad King
10:25 a.m. Jun. 9, 2000 PDT
The male college student is generally considered to be the
archetypical Web music pirate.
Not so fast.
A survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life
Project, a nonprofit research center, contradicts that
view. In fact, it found that the majority of those
illegally downloading music are not college students at all.
The phone survey of 2,503 American adults taken in April
indicated that of the 13 million American "freeloaders," only 37
percent are college students. In fact, fewer than half (48
percent) are between the ages of 18-29. Forty-two percent are
between 30-49, while the remaining 10 percent are over 50.
Men are more likely to download illegal music files than women:
Sixty-four percent of the respondents who admitted pirating
music are male.
"Twentysomething digirati offer this response to copyright-related
quandaries technology has spawned: 'Copyright is dead. Get over it.'"