Global Software Piracy: Searching for Further Explanations

Deli Yang (First Author), Gerald E. Fryxell (Participant Author), Derek Bosworth (Participant Author), Mahmut Sonmez (Participant Author)

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    This paper identifies that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has a negative effect on software piracy rates in addition to consolidating prior research that economic development and the cultural dimension of individualism also negatively affect piracy rates. Using data for 59 countries from 2000 to 2005, the findings show that economic well-being, individualism and technology development as measured by ICT expenditures explain between 70% and 82% of the variation in software piracy rates during this period. The research results provide important implications for policy makers and business practitioners to help reduce software piracy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)269-283
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    • ICT
    • culture
    • economic development
    • software piracy

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    • FT
    • ABDC-A
    • Scopus
    • SSCI


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