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Software Piracy Determinants Among University Students: An Empirical Analysis

Software Piracy Determinants Among University Students: An Empirical Analysis
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Author(s): Arsalan Butt (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Adeel I. Butt (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch109
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Software piracy is widespread in many parts of the world. Websites such as Kazaa and more recently BitTorrent based websites have made it easier to access pirated software which has resulted in increased emphasis on the issue of software piracy in both the software industry and research community. Earlier empirical studies have looked at software piracy as an intentional behaviour. This study explores the demographic, ethical and socio-economical factors that can represent software piracy as an unintentional behaviour among a developing country’s university students. The authors have conducted a comparative analysis of university students from Pakistan and Canada, two countries that differ economically and culturally. The results of the study indicate that software piracy behaviour is different in both groups of students, but that there are also some similarities.

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