Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 246

Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 246 - Ethical Issues...

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Ethical Issues 219 Software Piracy, Copyrighting Have you ever upgraded your operating system by borrowing the latest software from a friend? Or, when you spent only $50 to purchase sophisticated software, did you ignore your suspicion that this “steal” was too good to be true? The alarmingly casual attitude towards dupli- cating, downloading, and reselling software has made software piracy a critical issue for the computer industry. Research conducted by Business Software Alliance indicated that, globally, 11.5 billion dollars were lost in the year 2000 to pirated software. At a rate of 24%, the United States has the lowest piracy rate in the world, but that percentage represents over 2.4 billion dollars in lost revenue to software companies. Software piracy is the unlawful reproduction of copyrighted software, or a violation of the terms of the agreement stated in the software’s license. A software license is a document that outlines the terms by which the user may use the software purchased. When you lend software to a friend, or down-
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2011 for the course CSE 1550 taught by Professor Marianakant during the Fall '10 term at York University.

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