Causes, Effects and Solutions of Piracy in the Computer Software Market
24 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2007
Much literature has been devoted to exploring the protection of computer programs. The decreasing effectiveness of copyright and patents has been extensively examined and alternative forms of protection, both physical and market-based, have been laid out. A large proportion of writings is dedicated to describing the significant network externalities that exist in the software market, and the effect that these have on the optimal level of protection. A large number of surveys have been undertaken to analyse the characteristics of software pirates and their incentives to pirate. This paper attempts to provide an overview of this literature.
Keywords: piracy, copyright, software
JEL Classification: K00
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