An Analysis of Variables Affecting Digital Music Piracy in Y-Generations

  • Kittisak Poolsawat School of Music, Assumption University
Keywords: Perceived Risk, Perceived Benefit, Music Piracy


          This study presents a structural equation modeling of the variables that influence digital music piracy. From decades ago up to now, economic turmoil to the technological leaps from vinyl, cassettes, to CDs, to the Internet and the related peer-to-peer (P2P) file streaming technologies, the Thai music industry has been challenged and continues to witness tumultuous times. More recently, broadband and Internet enabled smartphones have exacerbated the issues swirling around digital music piracy and the loss of revenue to both the music label houses and their artists, while Y-Generation as digital music consumers are also the largest owners of smart phones within the population, yet one of the largest digital consumer segments with a lifetime spending potential. This study is therefore focused on the variables that contribute to factors influencing piracy leading further to understand users’ behaviours and how to solve the aforementioned issue. Quantitative data surveyed from a sample of 300 Y-generation music users who have experienced illegally online music access or download. Partial Least Square (SmartPLS) software was conducted to analyse Structural Equation Model (SEM). Perceived risk, perceived benefit and attitudes are variables affecting the music piracy behavior directly and indirectly. Thus, Music labels and artists need to understand the motives that cause Y-generation willingness to embrace illegal downloading, developing methods and marketing strategies to encounter this unsustainable act.


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