Empirical Analysis of Software Piracy in Asia (Japan VS. Vietnam): An Exploratory Study

Empirical Analysis of Software Piracy in Asia (Japan VS. Vietnam): An Exploratory Study

Xiang Fang (Department of Information Systems and Analytics, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA) and Sooun Lee (Department of Information Systems and Analytics, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/IJISP.2014040103
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Abstract

The piracy rate in Asia Pacific region has been historically higher than the world average since the BSA global piracy study was first conducted in 2004 (BSA/IDC Global Software Piracy Study 2013). This study aims to identify which demographic factors affect software piracy in two Asian countries, Japan and Vietnam, which have drastically different piracy rates, economic development stages, income levels, and national cultures. The statistical analysis of data reveals that among various factors, country difference, education, and gender most significantly influence software piracy. In addition, this study offers recommendations on how to curb software piracy effectively.
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Literature Review

Software piracy behaviors have been studied for decades in various fields ranging from social science to business and information systems in attempts to both clarify its contributive elements and impact on business and economics, and suggest effective curving methods (see TABLE 1). Those empirical research studies have included many dependent variables, such as economic factors (e.g. per capita GDP/GNP, income level and inequality, and high prices of software); demographic factors (e.g. age, education, and gender); cultural factors (e.g. collectivistic vs. individualistic society); and environmental factors (e.g., authority enforcement, availability of pirated software, degree of IT infrastructure, and government governance and laws).

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