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Multimedia, Entertainment, and Business Software Copyright Piracy: A Cross-National Study


  • Hans van Kranenburg
  • Annelies Hogenbirk


This article examines cross-national variations in piracy of U.S. copyright-related products in the multimedia, entertainment, and software industry. To determine which economic, legal, and social factors cause the considerable differences in piracy of U.S. copyright industries' products in individual countries, we tested 4 industry models. We found that for most industries piracy can be explained by the risk profile of the country involved (signaling economic and political stability and growth potential) and the existence of a strong intellectual property rights system. Furthermore, for the 4 analyzed copyright-based industries, considerable variation in piracy exists between geographic regions. This study shows that disaggregation of the copyright piracy data by industry is helpful in analyzing and understanding piracy.

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  • Hans van Kranenburg & Annelies Hogenbirk, 2005. "Multimedia, Entertainment, and Business Software Copyright Piracy: A Cross-National Study," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(2), pages 109-129.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:18:y:2005:i:2:p:109-129 DOI: 10.1207/s15327736me1802_3

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    1. Antonio R Andres & Simplice A Asongu, 2013. "Global dynamic timelines for IPRs harmonization against software piracy," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 874-880.
    2. Papageorgiadis, Nikolaos & Cross, Adam R. & Alexiou, Constantinos, 2014. "International patent systems strength 1998–2011," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(4), pages 586-597.

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