In an online survey, the Gospel Music Association learned that 80 percent of 1,449 teen respondents had engaged in at least one kind of music piracy in the past six months.
That could range from copying CDs to uploading files to the Internet for others. Only 8 percent said these actions were morally wrong.
Christian youth pirate at similar rates — 80 percent of those who purchase gospel recordings and 77 percent of those who buy contemporary Christian music also have pirated music.
Piracy doesn't rate as a moral issue for the 65 percent of teens who have a "whatever works" philosophy. Some of these say CD burning is fine but downloading isn't. Others say that CD burning is bad, but not downloading.
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