Fighting Software Piracy: Which IPRs Laws (Treaties) Matter in Africa?

Institutions and Economies, 6(2), pp. 1-26 (2014).

30 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2014 Last revised: 1 Apr 2015

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: August 8, 2012

Abstract

With the proliferation of technology used to prate software, this paper answers some key questions in policy decision making. Dynamic panel Generalized Methods of Moments and Two Stage Least Squares are employed. IPRs laws (treaties) are instrumented with government quality dynamics to assess their incidence on software piracy. The following findings are established. (1) Government institutions are crucial in enforcing IPRs laws (treaties) in the fight against software piracy. (2) Main IP laws enacted by the legislature and Multilateral IP laws are most effective in combating piracy. (3) IPRs laws, WIPO Treaties and Bilateral Treaties do not have significant negative incidences on software piracy. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Software piracy; Intellectual property rights; Panel data; Africa

JEL Classification: F42; K42; O34; O38; O57

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice, Fighting Software Piracy: Which IPRs Laws (Treaties) Matter in Africa? (August 8, 2012). Institutions and Economies, 6(2), pp. 1-26 (2014). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2493254 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2493254

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

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Cameroon

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