Ethics & Software Piracy
ITS 360 Ethics in IT, Fall 2016
Student: Blake Janowicz, Instructor: Dr. Shin-Ping Tucker

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     Ethics are a set of principles that govern a person’s behavior, according to Merriam Webster dictionary. Everyone has heard of this at one time or another but software piracy is the copying, distribution or use of software as claimed by Tech Target. Software piracy happens on many different levels from corporate to the average consumer. The Business Software Alliance, or the BSA, estimates that 35-50% of all software in current use is pirated. Why do people pirate software? There is not any one answer. They may pirate software to continue work at home, expedite a process that would have taken much longer or for just pure entertainment. In turn, the benefits are spare time to spend with family or on other activities, it promotes learning and it saves financially, especially for those who can’t contribute to the purchase or costly monthly services. On the contrary, if pirated products are sold for profit or software is offered to someone who would otherwise buy the product, this can be significantly damaging and discouraging to a company and, in extreme cases, companies may cease to produce certain software due to the financial burden. The reason the sales of pirated software is so successful is because it significantly undercuts the retail price.

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