Intellectual Property Regulation and Software Piracy: A Dynamic Approach

27 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2018

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Michael D'Rosario

Deakin University - Deakin Business School

Date Written: September 4, 2018


Promoting Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) is of particular importance to nations engaging in significant innovation. The existing literature relating to software piracy research is typified by the use qualitative methods to analyse the impact of IPRs on software piracy. Most concern themselves with a handful of important macroeconomic factors in an effort to identify whether they possess any explanatory power, employing qualitative frameworks for analysis. More contemporary research has given greater attention to the role of key regulatory variables on software piracy using econometric methods. In this paper, the relationship between foreign political pressure, IPR regulatory reforms and software piracy is considered. We estimate a model of software piracy as a function of bi-lateral pressure and investment (where US 301 reporting is the proxy for bilateral pressure, and capital investment the proxy for bi-lateral investment), Scientific investment, trade dependence and government effectiveness. The models are estimated using data from 80 countries over nine years. The study responds to the dearth of research employing dynamic panel estimations in estimating the impact of IPR reforms on software piracy. The findings suggest out of cycle review and US 301 reporting are pertinent factors potentially moderating software piracy.

Suggested Citation

D'Rosario, Michael, Intellectual Property Regulation and Software Piracy: A Dynamic Approach (September 4, 2018). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 2918, 15(1), 38-64. Available at SSRN:

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Deakin University - Deakin Business School ( email )


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