pirated software is because they are more risk takers than female. 1.3 Objective of the study: Software piracy has become a worldwide dilemma due to the financial and economic losses the software industry and governments has to face, also extra cost, viruses and other identity theft problems the consumers have to bear. The individual simply blames the other party. Ford and Richardson in their research in 1994 also concluded that females are more ethical than males; therefore females will use pirated software less than males, as software piracy can be considered unethical. Software piracy is the unauthorised duplication and or distribution of copyrighted programs. Swinyard et al (1990) in their research suggested that Asians have a more casual attitude towards software piracy than Americans, they are more likely to copy or buy software and less likely to criticize anyone who uses pirated software. This form of computer piracy does not pose a great threat to the computer industry as it is not usually intended for commercial purposes. Using shareware beyond the trial period without paying for it: According to most shareware eulas, a user must either pay for shareware or uninstall it after the trial period to avoid software piracy. 2.0 Chapter 2: Literature Review First part of this chapter reviews different theories related to behavior and ethics, particularly the Theory of Reasoned Actions by Fishbein and Ajzen, Theory of planned behavior by Ajzen and theory of moral development by Kohlberg were discussed, which will. This will make it costly to undertake computer piracy and thus the pirates will deem it fit to add a risk premium for their products as a result of the increased premium.
There is no risk associated with this research as no penalties are assigned to your response. The culture factors, especially the collectivist culture, can be used to explain the non-recognition of the ethical problem of software piracy in Asian countries. Also, control of the medium, in which modern software pirates most commonly buy and sell in, would reduce the amount piracy. A wide sample selection is normally used and the questions asked are generally not of complex nature and close-ended (Saunders., 2002). Internet sharing: Software that is neither freeware nor shareware cannot be legally disseminated online. These valuable software and programs enables us to acquire certain skills that are very important in our lives; those that are produced for various businesses allows them to not only save time but also money and effort, thus making them more competitive and relevant. However, it poses a major threat to the company from which it was obtained since they can be used to leak some of the confidential information about the company to its competitors who are likely to use the ill acquired information to ruin the company.
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