Pirated software usage : analysis of state situation and alternative solutions search. Jarve Russian Gymnasium Estonia, Kohtla-Jarve 2008
Research « IT-Pirates Among Us »
Development and Internet-publishing of the questionnaire “Software usage on the personal computers”
Distribution of the questionnaire among the Ida-Virumaa state senior students
The data handling and its statistical analysis
Exposure of most current importance problems
Development of alternative solutions
Questionnaire in Russian and Estonian languages is located at
Questionnaire contains 20 questions on the subject of “Software usage on the personal computers”
The poll was conducted among more than 300 students of 9 – 12 grades from Ida-Virumaa state schools
The poll was anonymous
Number of respondents
Amount of questioned boys and girls Girls Boys
Personal computer at home Yes No Going to buy
Lot of time is being spent for work at the computer Less then one hour per day 2-4 hours per day All spare time
Discuss some questions in detail :
Question № 8 What kind of software do you use on your computer ?
Question № 11 Are you aware of the danger of using pirated software ?
Question № 14 Do you know any freeware analogous of popular licensed software ?
Question № 19 Are you aware of copyright protection and responsibility for using pirated software?
Question № 20 Your attitude towards computer piracy :
Question № 21 Are you going to use pirated software in the future?
Question №8 What kind of software do you use on your computer ?
Question №8 ( b / g )
Question №11 Are you aware of the danger of using pirated software ?
Question №11 ( b / g )
Question №14 Do you know any freeware analogous of popular licensed software ?
Question №14 ( b / g )
Question №19 Are you aware of copyright protection and responsibility for using pirated software?
Question №19 ( b/g )
Question №20 Your attitude towards computer piracy :
Question №20 ( b / g )
Question №21 Are you going to use pirated software in the future?
Question №21 ( b / g )
Unfavourable conclusions Despite the fact that most respondents are aware about the possible damage and responsibility for piracy software usage :
75 % of students use pirated software ( BSA research result - only 35% of adults in Estonia admitted that )
More than half of students consider, that computer piracy is common nowadays ( most adults have the same opinion )
Only 15% of students do have distinctly negative attitude towards computer piracy
More than 40% of students are going to use pirated software in future and only a little more than 20% of respondents decided to refuse using it
The main reasons of pirated software usage :
The high price of licensed software ( unfortunately low wages of inhabitants in our state is the sad but common fact )
Accessibility of pirated software ( you could fing EVERYTHING in the Internet )
Attitude towards the computer piracy as the proper norm ( weakness of education)
Lack of knowledge about free software In our opinion, it is not a problem at all!
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Unfortunately, all of us, to some extent, appear to be participants of the “piratical” activity, even if we don’t use pirated software on our own computers intentionally.
There’s no need to blame the people, who don’t scorn to use pirated software. But if we want to live in the civilized society, then we have to obey the rules of the game, which are accepted in it. This means need of use of legal software only, as well.