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Two-thirds of U.S. college students see nothing unethical about downloading digital copyrighted files without paying, a survey found.

In addition, 52 percent think downloading music without paying is acceptable behavior in the workplace, according to the survey released by Business Software Alliance.

The survey reveals 45 percent of students are using campus networks for downloading activities.

Downloading music is a gateway to downloading software, the survey found. Among students who say they would always download music or movies without paying for them, 27 percent said they regularly download software from a peer-to-peer network.

"Generation Y has largely grown up using the Internet and the majority of this group is extremely comfortable with technology," said Diane Smiroldo, BSA`s vice president for public affairs. "Unfortunately, this survey shows students who engage in these illegal behaviors are likely to continue after college and when they enter the business world."

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, polled 1,000 students and 200 university faculty and administrators` digital piracy attitudes and behaviors.

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Lies - Damn Lies - and Statistics

With approx. 14 million college students in America, taking a Poll of just 1000 is not statistically significant. To then make such broad statements like "Two-thirds of U.S. college students ..." is just plain wrong. Where are the editors, when reporters file such drivel? At one point in time, editors actually made reporters check the facts of a story before publishing it. Why hasn't anyone pointed out that the statements made in this "RIAA Press Release" are shaky at best.

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