ERIC Number: ED233700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Software Piracy, Ethics, and the Academician.
Bassler, Richard A.
The numerous software programs available for easy, low-cost copying raise ethical questions. The problem can be examined from the viewpoints of software users, teachers, authors, vendors, and distributors. Software users might hesitate to purchase or use software which prevents the making of back-up copies for program protection. Teachers in search of application programs may desire the opportunity to evaluate software, before purchase, in the actual instructional environment. Some vendors have developed programs to allow software try-out or previewing. Authors who do not receive fair compensation for their intellectual efforts may drop out of the development field, while vendors may apply efforts to different products or marketplaces if potential program sales are perceived as not worth the investment. In order to build volume, several software publishers have reduced prices. Still the computer store operator can devote only limited time to promoting low-priced software or programs with limited sales potential. Without a solution, software creators and publishers may stop software development. However, because the marketplace is potentially too large to ignore, ingenuity combined with technology will probably produce a solution. This paper lists 15 references. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Software Evaluation
Note: Paper presented at the Western Educational Computing Conference and Trade Show (San Diego, CA, November 18-19, 1982).