Cultural effects on perceptions of unauthorized software copying

Pei Hsuan Hsieh, Kuo Chuan Martin Yeh

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In most prior cross-cultural studies, which explored the antecedents of software users'USC (Unauthorized Software Copying) intentions, legal and ethical perspectives of USC lacked careful and distinguishing discussions. Thus, this research compares the attitudes of undergraduates in Taiwan and in the United States toward USC, in particular, legal and ethical perspectives. A collection of 133 surveys indicates undergraduate students in Taiwan are significantly more sensitive to USC than those in the United States. In addition, the self-reported ability to copy software was significantly lower among Taiwanese participants than U.S. students. For those who reported higher abilities to copy software or those with religious convictions, their attitudes seemed to be more open-minded toward USC either in terms of legality or degree of ethical behavior. The implications is that government agents should actively attempt to reformulate undergraduates' ethical values and enact appropriate policies to prevent students in Taiwan from engaging in USC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Computer Information Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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