Toward a profile of student software piraters

Journal of Business Ethics 15 (8):839 - 849 (1996)
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Abstract

Efforts to counter software piracy are an increasing focus of software publishers. This study attempts to develop a profile of those who illegally copy software by looking at undergraduate and graduate students and the extent to which they pirate software. The data indicate factors that can be used to profile the software pirater. In particular, males were found to pirate software more frequently than females and older students more than younger students, based on self-reporting.

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Ronald Sims
College of William and Mary