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Piracy and the web

Software Piracy

Rotimy Ayeola-Harriette

on 6 February 2013

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Has software piracy had detrimental effects on our economy? Software Piracy What is software Piracy Disadvantages Disadvantages & Advantages 5 types of software Piracy. Historical Social/Ethical issues with software piracy. Software Piracy "the unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software. This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers". Software piracy has had noticeable effects on the development of economic growth and is said to discourage new software developers from entering the market. Software piracy slows down the industry's ability to bring new and innovative solution's to consumers. However those who decide to engage in such illegal activity and produce cheaper pirated videos will not be able to compete with the legitimate software producers. Those who participate in software piracy are putting there computers at risk as viruses and spyware attacks are inevitable. Advantages Software piracy can be seen as a profit-making industry as the content being downloaded is either free or is at a reasonable price. Easy to acquire - Pirated software is easy to access. To access pirated software is practically nothing or close to nothing to obtain. End user policy - which occurs when users duplicate software without suitable licensing. This involves copying and sharing amongst those who pay a particular interest in the software and companies who have not received a legitimate license to authorize there software installation. Pre-installed software - This is a procedure whereby the manufacturer takes a copy of the software and illegally installs it to various computers. Internet Piracy - This occurs when a sufficient amount of unauthorized documents are illegally copied online. Counterfeiting - Illegal copies of a specific software is produced and distributed in packaging, similar to the manufacturers packaging. Online auction Piracy - one type of online auction piracy occurs when software is resold in defiance to the original terms of sale, it is a form of software which cannot be sold by a 3rd party. Givon M, Mahajan V and Muller E. (Jan., 1995). Software Piracy: Estimation of Lost Sales and the Impact on Software Diffusion. Journal of Marketing. Vol. 59. No. 1. pp. 29-37. Case study 2004 Global software piracy study. 4 arrested in software piracy case, counterfeit Microsoft valued at 10.5 million December 2000. Microsoft wins piracy case against chinese company. Statistics Software and information industry association and the business software alliance have found software piracy on a global scale to be up to 40%, 23% in which the U.S.A is responsible of. In reference to the straits times newspaper in Singapore, which was reported in may 2010, it states "that software piracy cost technology firms around the world more than $50 billion in 2009". Trisha Bezman of south carolina and Craig Depken of texas carried out research and found that countries that engage in illegal activities such as software piracy have lower rates of economic development. Rise of the internet - low enforcements teams couldn't prevent the trade of illegal software's during the 1980's....... Digital piracy - Prior to the development of software piracy becoming widespread on the internet, thieves used dial-up.... Beginning - before 1980 duplicating programs from another computer was easy alongside retrieving pirate copies, as they where without any legal ramifications. Due to affordability we may not be able to purchase the software's, however that is not an excuse to copy it. Although there is a wide range of people copying software this does not determine whether its ethical. Dependent on the pricing of the produce, which at times may not be equivalent to manufacturers price, this may be seen as a rip-off, however many will see this as getting a bargain, not a pirated company. (Hall, N.D) (landers, N.d) The download of pirated software is beneficial for those who do not have sufficient funds to purchase the legal copies. (Holmes, 2005) (Fletcher, 2010) Journal The journal of business ethics, discusses the moral issues behind the damaging effect software piracy has on our economy, yet is hugely disregarded. Reference. Swinyard W. R, Rinne H and Keng Kau A. (1990). Journal of business ethics: The morality of software piracy: A cross-cultural analysis. Volume 9. number 8. 655-664. An analysis of the impact of economic wealth and national culture on the rise and fall of software piracy looks at the correlation between the rise in economic wealth and the associated decline in software piracy as a result of it. Reference. Swinyard W. R, Rinne H and Keng Kau A. (1990). Journal of business ethics: The morality of software piracy: A cross-cultural analysis. Volume 9. number 8. 655-664. This study focuses on the attitudes towards unauthorized copying of microcomputer software, "microcomputer software, a practice which is costing the industry an estimated $800 million to $2 billion a year in lost revenue”.
(Stephen Taylor G et al, April) Reference. Stephen Taylor G. Shim J.P (April 1993). A Comparative Examination of Attitudes Toward Software Piracy Among Business Professors and Executives. volume. 46 no. 4 419-433. Rationale Piracy has always been viewed at a negative perspective, whereby it is considered as damaging,harmful and fraudulent to the software industry. It is an easy opportunity for many who are without sufficient funds or access to these software's to retrieve them from another source i:e the shadow market, where they are still able to access near enough the same content. Piracy should be prevented as it deprives legal software producers the rightful amount of profit from producing software that should only be sold and distributed by them. Reference Digital Piracy. 2011. 4b. Advantages & Disadvantages of Piracy (Software Industry). [ONLINE] Available at: http://digitalpiracyin9000.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-piracy.html. [Accessed 13 November 12]. Business software alliance. 2000. Anti-piracy. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.bsa.org/country/anti-piracy/what-is-software-piracy.aspx. [Accessed 15 November 12]. John landers. n.d. The Effects of Software Piracy. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ehow.com/about_5403887_effects-software-piracy.html. [Accessed 12 November 12]. Shane Hall. n.d. Software Piracy & Its Effect on the Global Economy . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ehow.com/about_6598695_software-its-effect-global-economy.html. [Accessed 14 November 12]. Scribd. 2011. Presentation on software piracy. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/14063184/Software-Piracy-presentation. [Accessed 13 November 12]. Digital Piracy. 2011. Types of piracy. [ONLINE] Available at: http://digitalpiracyin9000.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/type-of-piracy.html. [Accessed 13 November 12]. Paul Holmes . 2005. 2004 Global Software Piracy Study. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.holmesreport.com/casestudy-info/4570/2004-Global-Software-Piracy-Study.aspx. [Accessed 11 November 12]. outlaw. 2000. Four arrested in software piracy case. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.out-law.com/page-1887. [Accessed 10 November 12]. Owen fletcher. 2010. Microsoft wins piracy case against Chinese company. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9175937/Microsoft_wins_piracy_case_against_Chinese_company. [Accessed 13 November 12]. (Digital Piracy, 2011) (digital piracy, 2011) (Shane hall, N.D) (Scribd, 2009) Russell Huebsch. N.D. History of software piracy. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ehow.com/about_5444918_history-software-piracy.html. [Accessed 14 November 12]. (Russell Huebsch, N.D) (Outlaw, 2000)
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