Essay on The Moral Components Of Piracy

1194 Words Jul 20th, 2016 5 Pages
This paper will divide the evidence collected into two sections. This first half will focus on studies that yielded empirical evidence, with results that can be measured numerically. The second half of the literature review will examine the moral components of piracy, which will be explored in the second half of the literary review. Both will draw from professional sources as a basis in arguing for software piracy.

Empirical Evidence
In 2014, a study was conducted in Yaoundé, Cameroon, by the African Governance and Development Institute. The study was led by Dr. Simplice Asongu (2014) and was published in the peer-review journal Emerald Insight. In it, Dr, Asongu compared rates of piracy with economic metrics such as GDP, inflation, and trade in Africa. The study also examined the effects of piracy in relation to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and how these factors influence income-redistribution (Asongu 2014).

The study employed a two-stage least square (2SLS) estimation technique to avoid inconsistency in calculation and estimation. 2SLS is useful in estimation because it allows for the computation of interdependent variables that affect each other in a model (Nagler 1999). The central finding of the study suggests that software piracy has a strong effect on income-redistribution, especially for the poor. Therefore, the study implies that IPRs deter income-redistribution and hinder economic equality.

The positive effects of piracy are not only restricted to…

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