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Antonio R Andres and Simplice A Asongu
''Global dynamic timelines for IPRs harmonization against software piracy''
( 2013, Vol. 33 No.1 )
This paper employs a recent methodological innovation on IPRs harmonization to project global timelines for common policies against software piracy. The findings on 99 countries are premised on 15 fundamental characteristics of software piracy based on income-levels (high-income, lower-middle-income, upper-middle-income and low-income), legal-origins (English common-law, French civil-law, German civil-law and, Scandinavian civil-law) and, regional proximity (South Asia, Europe & Central Asia, East Asia & the Pacific, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean and, Sub-Saharan Africa). The results broadly show that, a feasible horizon for the harmonization of blanket policies range from 4 to 10 years.
Keywords: Software piracy, Intellectual property rights, Panel data, Convergence
JEL: K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior: General
F4 - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance: General
Manuscript Received : Jan 09 2013 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 28 2013

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