Date of Award

January 2010

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Justice Studies

First Advisor

Kenneth D. Tunnell

Department Affiliation

Justice Studies

Second Advisor

Scott A. Hunt

Department Affiliation

Justice Studies

Third Advisor

Derek J. Paulsen

Department Affiliation

Justice Studies


Piracy of intellectual property has become an increasing concern for the major content industries world-wide. This piece of ethnographic research was directed towards studying one of the groups that are under the ire of these content industries. Roughly a month and a half was spent on an online discussion board with this group of pirates in an attempt to understand their beliefs and the ways that they interact with copyright. Three major categories are discussed pertaining to this group: their motivations, accounts, and contradictions apparent within the group.