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Digital Rights Management, Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Economic development: The case of digital piracy in the South Mediterranean countries


  • Driouchi, Ahmed
  • Kadiri, Molk
  • Alaoui Belghiti, Moulay Abdelaziz


Abstract: The potential benefits that could be gained from information technologies in South Mediterranean economies are constrained by both DRM and institutional protection related to Intellectual Property Rights. But, pervasive piracy can appear to be a major obstacle to access these benefits. This paper through a simplified theoretical decision model attempts to suggest foundations to reveal levels of protection rates. This is followed by an empirical assessment of the likely effects of different macroeconomic variables in the context of selected South Mediterranean countries using software piracy data and the protection rates derived from the above model. This is intended to reveal the most important variables that drive software protection. The results attained show how protection should be strengthened through further investments in knowledge and through openness to foreign direct investments that lead to superior economic outcomes.

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  • Driouchi, Ahmed & Kadiri, Molk & Alaoui Belghiti, Moulay Abdelaziz, 2010. "Digital Rights Management, Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Economic development: The case of digital piracy in the South Mediterranean countries," MPRA Paper 21609, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 25 Mar 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:21609

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    Key words: DRM; Information and communication technologies; piracy; South Mediterranean economies.;

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    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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