64% of Canadian computer science students have pirated commercial software

87% of Canadian students said they considered the plagiarizing of their own work to be serious or very serious, but only 40% said they considered using pirated software to be a serious issue, UThink survey says. 83% of those studying computer science said they felt very strongly about someone stealing their work. But 64% admit downloading commercial software from the Web without paying for it, compared to 46% of students in other fields. While 72% of students surveyed agree that using pirated software is unethical, only 16% consider it an illegal activity that warrants punishment. More than 78% said they have read or heard information about intellectual property rights or copyright laws through the media and almost 63% say they have also received this same information from a college or university course.