From CNet News: Study: Students unfazed by piracy
If attitudes on colleges nationwide are any indicator, then software piracy in Kazaa and other file-swapping communities could get out of control, according to a new study.
Nearly two-thirds of college students surveyed said they would download pirated software, according to a study released Tuesday by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Only a third of those students who have already downloaded commercial software have paid for it.
Much of the blame rests on university educators who aren’t discouraging illegal behavior, according to the study, called “Internet Piracy on Campus.” More than 40 percent of educators say it’s OK to share or swap software to cut costs.
Hmmm - surely Microsoft isn’t trying to make it easy for students to access Microsoft Office, so that their eventual employers will have to pay list to keep them productive? Network effects, anyone?