Software Piracy: A View from Hong Kong

TitleSoftware Piracy: A View from Hong Kong
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsMoores, T, Dhillon, G
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00010782
Accession Number11888006
Keywordsbusiness , computer , Computer Ethics , COMPUTER science , COPYRIGHT , Intellectual Property and Patents , Piracy
AbstractSoftware piracy accounts for billions of dollars in lost sales. But for many nations, U.S. price tags make legal ownership impossible. The main problem areas include Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific region, while the percentage of copies in use that are pirated are estimated to exceed 90% in countries such as Russia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Lebanon and Oman. The article presents a study which confirms the typical view of the software pirate as a male, since there is a significant difference between males and females in the frequency with which they buy pirated software. There is strong agreement from the respondents in terms of buying pirated software in the context of high availability of pirated software, low censure for buying and the high cost of legal software. Reversing these contexts resulted in a significant shift in their responses, suggesting the potential to reduce software piracy by addressing these three issues. However, only the cost issue showed the expected switch from agreement to disagreement.
NotesMoores, Trevor 1; Email Address:; Dhillon, Gurpreet 2; Email Address:; Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Management Information Systems in the College of Business at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.; 2: Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Management Information Systmes in the College of Business at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.; Issue Info: Dec2000, Vol. 43 Issue 12, p88; Thesaurus Term: PIRACY (Copyright); Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER programs -- Pirated editions; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER software industry; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER software; Thesaurus Term: COPYRIGHT infringement; Thesaurus Term: BUSINESS ethics; NAICS/Industry Codes: 443120 Computer and Software Stores; Number of Pages: 6p; Document Type: Article
Short TitleSoftware Piracy: A View from Hong Kong
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