|Title:||Demographic Factors Affecting Freshman Students' Attitudes towards Software Piracy: An Empirical Study|
|Citation:||Acılar, A. (2010). Demographic Factors Affecting Freshman Students' Attitudes towards Software Piracy: An Empirical Study. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 7, 321-328.|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||The data for this study was obtained by surveying a sample of one hundred and sixty freshman students at the Department of Business Administration at a public university in Turkey. The survey was conducted in November 2009. After eliminating incomplete and unusable responses, 125 usable responses were used for analysis.|
|Data Type:||Primary data|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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The widespread use of computers and the Internet has provided many advantages to everyday life, but also created new opportunities for unethical and illegal acts such as software piracy. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) and International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated that worldwide software piracy rate went up to 41 percent in 2008 and worldwide losses to software vendors due to software piracy totaled more than $50 billion in 2008 (BSA and IDC, 2009). Besides being an economic problem, software piracy is also an ethical issue, especially in academic settings. The evidences from numerous studies suggest that many undergraduate students consider software piracy and other unethical use of information technologies as an acceptable behavior.
The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the relationships between the demographic characteristics of freshman students and their attitudes towards software piracy. Data were obtained from a survey sample of 125 students in the Department of Business Administration at a public university in Turkey. The study found that overall attitudes of freshman students towards software piracy are close to neutral position on the Likert scale. The results of the regression analysis showed that monthly family income and duration of Internet usage in a week affected attitudes of freshman students towards software piracy, but to a lower extent.
Main Results of the Study
- Overall attitudes of freshman students towards software piracy are close to neutral position on the Likert scale
- The majority of the participants do not have a strong opinion about software piracy either way.
- Attitudes of freshman students towards software piracy were affected by monthly family income and duration of Internet usage in a week, but to a lower extent.
- Unexpectedly, it was found that there is a positive relationship between monthly family income and software piracy attitude.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
In order to minimize software piracy among university students, proactive steps should be taken. Education is one of the most common recommendations in the literature for preventing software piracy and raising awareness of software piracy among students. Education on ethical topics and information technology use should include ethical use of information technologies and software in the curriculum and should be supported by the real case studies. Giving examples of arrested software pirates in the lectures might create a deeper awareness of the seriousness of the consequences of software piracy. A clearly stated information technology usage policy should be adopted by the universities. And, students should be informed about relevant legislation and university policy for use of information technology resources.
Coverage of Study
|Level of aggregation:||Students|
|Period of material under study:||November 2009|