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)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-937-3.ch004
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Abstract

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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