2019-12-29 14:30:17 December
Abdulahi Mahammed Adem
Software piracy is the unauthorized copying and distribution of software (Lee, 1994). According to Ping and Chang (2004), piracy is the unauthorized usage, transfer, copying and reproduction of copyrighted software. Piracy entails the violation of license agreements and transpires when you install, download, file share, issue or copy digitized data such as entertainment media and software programs with no consent from the owner or inventor. As software is getting more valuable, unauthorized users or malicious programmers illegally copies and distributes copyrighted software over online service provider (OSP) and P2P networks. Digital piracy as a continuing problem significantly impacts various stakeholders, including consumers, enterprises, and countries. The aim of this study is to understand student motives and drivers of piracy and provide insights into the ways individuals rationalize their behavior in regards to digital piracy. The increase of piracy has, of late, greatly affected the market for software applications (Andres, 2006). According to the International Planning Research Corporation (IPRC), the estimated world piracy rate for business software applications alone was 39% in 2002, leading to losses of $13.07 billion (IPRC, 2003). According to the first annual Business Software Alliance (BSA) & International Data Corporation (IDC) study in 2004, for every two dollars’ worth of software purchased legitimately, one dollar's worth was obtained illegally.