Software Piracy: Possible Causes and Cures

Software Piracy: Possible Causes and Cures

Asim El-Sheikh (The Arab Academy for Banking & Financial Sciences, Jordan), Abdullah Abdali Rashed (The Arab Academy for Banking & Financial Sciences, Jordan) and A. Graham Peace (West Virginia University, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-491-0.ch006
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Software piracy costs the information technology industry billions of dollars in lost sales each year. This chapter presents an overview of the software piracy issue, including a review of the ethical principles involved and a summary of the latest research. In order to better illustrate some of the material presented, the results of a small research study in the country of Jordan are presented. The findings indicate that piracy among computer-using professionals is high, and that cost is a significant factor in the decision to pirate. Finally, some potential preventative mechanisms are discussed, in the context of the material presented previously in the chapter.

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Table of Contents
Lee Freeman, A. Graham Peace
Chapter 1
Lee A. Freeman, A. Graham Peace
Richard Mason’s seminal paper describing the four ethical issues of the information age has guided the field of Information Ethics for almost 20... Sample PDF
Revisiting Mason: The Last 18 Years and Onward
Chapter 2
Charles R. Crowell, Darcia Narvaez, Anna Gomberg
This chapter discusses the ways in which moral psychology can inform information ethics. A “Four Component Model” of moral behavior is described... Sample PDF
Moral Psychology and Information Ethics: Psychological Distance and the Components of Moral Behavior in a Digital World
Chapter 3
Kieran Mathieson
Information technology may be able to help people become better ethical decision makers. This chapter explores philosophical and psychological... Sample PDF
Designing a Moral Dilemma Support System
Chapter 4
Kai Kristian Kimppa
In the light of three major ethical theories, Lockean liberalism, consequentialism, and Kantian deontology, it seems that the intellectual property... Sample PDF
Intellectual Property Rights - or Rights to the Immaterial - in Digitally Distributable Media Gone All Wrong
Chapter 5
Bruno de Vuyst, Alea M. Fairchild
Intellectual property rights (IP) are established through the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement (part of the... Sample PDF
Intellectual Property Rights, Resources Allocation and Ethical Usefulness
Chapter 6
Asim El-Sheikh, Abdullah Abdali Rashed, A. Graham Peace
Software piracy costs the information technology industry billions of dollars in lost sales each year. This chapter presents an overview of the... Sample PDF
Software Piracy: Possible Causes and Cures
Chapter 7
David W. Miller, Andrew Urbaczewski, Wm. David Salisburg
In the information age, various entities (e.g., citizens or business concerns) are now able to access and gather large amounts of publicly available... Sample PDF
Does 'Public Access' Imply 'Ubiquitous' or 'Immediate'? Issues Surrounding Public Documents Online
Chapter 8
Christopher M. Cassidy, Bongsug Chae, James F. Courtney
Society has focused on privacy solutions to problems related to consumer information, yet the problem has not gone away. Why is this? One answer is... Sample PDF
Ethical Management of Consumer Information: Solving the Problem of Information Externality Using the Coasian Approach
Chapter 9
Robert N. Barger, Charles R. Crowell
This chapter discusses the ethics of a proof-of-concept demonstration of “parasitic computing.” A “parasite” computer attempts to solve a complex... Sample PDF
Ethics of "Parasitic Computing": Fair Use or Abuse of TCP/IP Over the Internet
Chapter 10
Michael Freeman
This chapter addresses how new surveillance technologies and programs aimed at fighting terrorism affect privacy. Some of the new programs and... Sample PDF
Counterterrorism and Privacy: The Changing Landscape of Surveillance and Civil Liberties
Chapter 11
Kathleen S. Hartzel, Patrick E. Deegan
This chapter explores how individuals using different justice perspectives to evaluate the appropriateness of the USA PATRIOT Act will logically... Sample PDF
Balancing Individual Privacy Rights and Intelligence Needs: Procedural-Based vs. Distributive-Based Justice Perspectives on the PATRIOT Act
Chapter 12
Jimmie L.. Joseph, David P. Cook
This chapter explores the ethical implications of a reduction in information asymmetry between health care providers and their patients. In many... Sample PDF
Information Imbalance in Medical Decision Making: Upsetting the Balance
Chapter 13
Pooja Deshmukh, David Croasdell
This chapter explores privacy and security issues in health care. It describes the difference between privacy and security in the context of health... Sample PDF
HIPAA: Privacy and Security in Health Care Networks
Chapter 14
Mary Brabston, Jennifer Dahl
In this chapter, we examine three frameworks or models that could be used in developing codes of information ethics and then review two codes of... Sample PDF
Limitations of Having Diversity in Codes of Information Ethics: A Professional and Corporate Perspective
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