Software Piracy

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SOFTWARE PIRACY: ATTITUDES TOWARDS SOFTWARE PIRACY Prepared for English 310 CONTENTS Page Illustrations iv Abstract v Software Piracy: Attitudes toward Software Piracy 1 Purpose¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K..1 Scope¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K.1 Methodology¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K¡K.1 What is Software Piracy? 1 Various Forms 2 Legal Issues 3 Student Awareness 4 Factors Toward Software Piracy 5 Advantages and Disadvantages 5 Motivating Factors 5 Corporate Scenario 6 Software Piracy: Affecting the Economy 7 Taking Profit from Companies 7 Taking Jobs from Employees 8…show more content…
Furthermore, a company is liable for its employees¡¦ actions concerning software piracy. If the employee is caught, the company can be sued whether the firm is aware or not. Any infringers are held liable under both criminal and civil law. Is there a penalty to employees or individuals who infringe? Yes. When caught, the copyright owner ¡§may then choose between actual damages, which includes the amount it has lost because of your infringement as well as any profits attributable to the infringement, and statutory damages, which can be as much as $150,000 for each program copied¡¨ (BSA, Piracy and the Law, 2005). If this is not convincing yet, the government can further be prosecute by the infringer. These lawbreakers risk penalties such as fines up to $250,000, imprisonment, or both (BSA, Piracy and the Law, 2005). Thus, is piracy worth the penalty? No. Student Awareness Most students are aware that software piracy is a worldwide problem. According to a previous research of 100 students, which consisted of fifty-three males, forty-seven females, and eighty-nine percent under the age of twenty-five, the majority were aware of software piracy and its illegality. In figure 1, eighty-four percent of students were aware that copyright law only permits purchasers to a backup copy, ninety-four percent were aware that distributing pirated software is a felony; eighty-two percent understood
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