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Fighting software piracy: which IPRs laws (treaties) matter in Africa?

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  • Simplice A, Asongu

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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.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 43590.

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

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  1. Asongu Simplice, 2012. "Software piracy, inequality and the poor: evidence from Africa," Working Papers 12/035, African Governance and Development Institute..

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