Software piracy

Givon, Mahajan, and Muller (1995) suggest a modeling approach to track legal and illegal diffusion of software in order to estimate the pirated adoptions over time and the percentage of legal adoptions due to the influence of pirates. Their study focused on two popular types of software (spreadsheets and word processors) in England. The major difficulty of such a study is that even if one has data on the number of microcomputers and the legal adoption of software, still one cannot assume that...

Selected References

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