High Prices Make Textbook ‘Piracy’ Acceptable to Most Students

A new survey conducted by anti-piracy group Rights Alliance shows that despite lawsuits and public calls to avoid piracy, over 50% of Danish students find it acceptable to use pirated textbooks. The majority of the survey participants were already aware of the illegal nature of book piracy, however, this fact has only served to have a relatively small impact on their thinking. The survey showed that only 18% of participants would consider reducing their illegal textbook habits if they risked jail time. Prices appear to be the key factor affecting students’ thinking, with many stating that they would purchase books if prices were significantly reduced.


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