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Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights, Software Protection & Development in the South Mediterranean Countries

Driouchi, Ahmed and Zouag, Nada (2009): Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights, Software Protection & Development in the South Mediterranean Countries.

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Abstract

This paper looks at the role of intellectual property rights in development in the context of South Mediterranean countries. A special focus is placed on software piracy data and analysis to assess the current losses implied by the practices of non compliance with IPRs. Descriptive and regression analyzes are used to show the links between piracy, economic losses and development. The results show how the strengthening of domestic institutions may not mean only applying “the law” and pursuing legally the non compliant. But it means the inclusion of the all players into the process of development. Further research and development besides optimal IPR protection appear to be necessary. The inclusion of the informal sector is then an important part of this enterprise. This requires policies of formalization besides mobilization of knowledge and intellectual property rights among the informal producers and traders.

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