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ERIC Number: EJ898824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Software Piracy among Technology Education Students: Investigating Property Rights in a Culture of Innovation
Teston, George
Journal of Technology Education, v20 n1 p66-78 Fall 2008
When asked about individual perceptions of "technology," 68% of Americans primarily equate the term to the computer. Although this perception under represents the true breadth of the field, the statistic does speak to the ubiquitous role the computer plays across many technology disciplines. Software has become the building block of all major industries and arguably, the modern civilization. Software drives the automation of manufacturing, medical research, avionics, telecommunications, engineering, and even the national defense. In recent years, the academic and popular literature has resounded with alarming software piracy statistics. According to "The Economist" and the "Wall Street Journal," illegal pirated copies of commercial software represented a loss of $39.6 billion in 2006. IDC Research estimates the loss to mount to $300 billion over the next four years. As the people's economic dependence on software continues to grow, the field of education technology must strive to produce future technology professionals who exhibit both facility and ethics with software. This study sought to investigate the attitudes related to software piracy among a sample first encountering the developmental issues of software, students in three middle school technology education programs that include computer programming. The present study also provided comparison to an earlier study to assess changes in piracy attitudes.(Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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