Profiting from Being Pirated by Pirating the Pirates

6 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2008

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Sana El Harbi

University of Sousse (Tunisia) - Faculty of Law and Economics

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA

Abstract

Pirates are not only copiers, they can also be innovators. They possess skills and a creative capital that allow them to explore new directions. Their innovations can be freely and profitably re-appropriated by the high-end designers of the pirated firms. Creative pirates are engaged in a kind of tacit reciprocity, where they appropriate illegally creations of high end designers and launch modified or new versions that can in return inspire in a profitable way, the designers of the original fashion houses. Moreover, pirates can create a pro-competitive environment that stimulates the innovative abilities of the pirated firm at unexpected levels without piracy.

Suggested Citation

Harbi, Sana El and Grolleau, Gilles, Profiting from Being Pirated by Pirating the Pirates. Kyklos, Vol. 61, Issue 3, pp. 385-390, August 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1162417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6435.2008.00407.x

Sana El Harbi (Contact Author)

University of Sousse (Tunisia) - Faculty of Law and Economics ( email )

rue Abdelaziz el Behi
Sousse, Sousse 4000
Tunisia

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA ( email )

France

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