Information Systems Security and Privacy


Organizations and monitoring agencies continue to express concern over software piracy becauseof the ethical, legal and financial implications of noncompliance. This study focuses on how softwarelicense noncompliance is actually a factor in software piracy. Many organizations use a variety of softwaretools distributed over their workforce and tracking license compliance for turnover, upgrades, andfunctional reassignments is problematic. The result of this study indicates that if organizations promote anenvironment in which software compliance and ethical beliefs are maintained, then penalties and legalconsequences are less a driver of compliance intentions. Additionally, age has a moderating effect on intentto comply indicating that as employee age increases, software piracy resulting from license noncomplianceis less likely.