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A Study of Software Piracy

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A Study of Software Piracy: the Forms and the Impacts to Taiwan BUS 6170 Information System Management

Instructor: Professor Ryan LaBrie

12/10/2009
Seattle Pacific University
Gini Cheang

Table of Contents
Abstract2
Introduction3
Discussion4
Types of Software Piracy4
Statistics5
Impacts7
Conclusion11
References12
Appendix 113
Appendix 214
Appendix 315

Abstract
Software piracy has seriously affected the global economy as well as the software developments and the profits of IT industry. It is very important for us to understand the forms of software piracy and impacts of it. This paper focuses on the software piracy in Taiwan, and there are a lot of findings and statistics related to the software piracy impacts from an economic point of view. From understanding the results of software piracy and the benefits of reducing it, we can take a step further to research on the intentions and factors of software piracy and suggest the ways of eliminating this crime.

Introduction
In 2008, the rate of software piracy dropped in about half (52%) of the 110 countries studied and remained the same in about 35%. However, the worldwide piracy rate went up from 38% in 2007 to 41% in 2008. The global rate rose for the second year in a row because PC sales grew fastest in high-piracy rate countries such as China and India. (BSA, IDC, 2009) Among the lowest piracy countries, Taiwan has a higher piracy rate of 39% and loss of $201 million dollars. Ethics balances the social moral value and order with its invisible but powerful existence, and it is the guideline of behaviors. Ethics has always influenced Chinese culture unobtrusively and imperceptibly. [ (Yeh, 2000) ] Nearly 1.7 billion people around the world use the Internet. Software and computers have become indispensable tools in our businesses, schools, and personal lives. However, no technology or tool is without risk, and wherever...

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