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Piracy of Intellectual Property: Past, Present, and Future

26 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2014  

Ian Novos

KPMG, Los Angeles

Michael Waldman

Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Date Written: December 31, 2013

Abstract

The last few decades have seen enormous growth in piracy of copyrighted goods and, in particular, an enormous growth in piracy of creative works that employ a digital format. In this paper we discuss classic theory related to the piracy issue, provide a brief history of the growth of piracy over the last few decades, and then discuss issues concerning the present situation. We conclude with speculation concerning the future of piracy, where one of our main points is that, at least for the developed world, there are important reasons for believing that piracy is likely to continue to grow.

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Novos, Ian and Waldman, Michael, Piracy of Intellectual Property: Past, Present, and Future (December 31, 2013). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 2013, 10(2); 1-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2381875

Ian Novos

KPMG, Los Angeles ( email )

United States

Michael Waldman (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-8631 (Phone)

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