Profiting from Being Pirated by Pirating the Pirates
6 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2008
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.
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