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Robin Hoods or thieves? A Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies regarding software piracy
Unformatted Document Text:  Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 11 next section). Areas covered in the Uruguay Round agreement concerning TRIPs include copyrights, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, design of integrated circuits, and anticompetitive practices in licensing (see Destler, 1995, p. 320). Piracy issues Software piracy continues to “pose challenges for the industry and the global economy” according to the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) sixth annual report (May 2001). In 2000, for the first time in the study’s history, world piracy rates did not decline, but showed a slight increase to 37 percent. The dollar losses due to piracy declined 3.5 percent from 1999 to $11.75 billion, according to the report. This trend would lend support to our contention that international trade policies are not working to the benefit of companies. “It appears that there is more change in the attitudes toward piracy in periods of economic growth, when businesses are adapting new technology to keep up with demand and competitive pressures, than in times of slower growth” according to the report (BSA, 2001, p. 1). Fastest growing regions are the ones with the highest piracy rates. “In the future” according to the BSA report (2001), “[the research group] expects growth in the more rapidly developing regions to continue. Consequently, relatively higher piracy rates will become a larger problem” (BSA, 2001, May, p. 2). [Find other sources before conference.] “[The findings in the BSA study] also point to a fundamental piracy problem in the more technologically advanced regions, specifically North America and Western Europe”

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 11
next section). Areas covered in the Uruguay Round agreement concerning TRIPs include
copyrights, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, design of integrated circuits, and
anticompetitive practices in licensing (see Destler, 1995, p. 320).

Piracy issues
Software piracy continues to “pose challenges for the industry and the global
economy” according to the Business Software Alliance’s (BSA) sixth annual report (May
2001). In 2000, for the first time in the study’s history, world piracy rates did not decline,
but showed a slight increase to 37 percent. The dollar losses due to piracy declined 3.5
percent from 1999 to $11.75 billion, according to the report. This trend would lend support
to our contention that international trade policies are not working to the benefit of
companies.
“It appears that there is more change in the attitudes toward piracy in periods of
economic growth, when businesses are adapting new technology to keep up with demand
and competitive pressures, than in times of slower growth” according to the report (BSA,
2001, p. 1).
Fastest growing regions are the ones with the highest piracy rates. “In the future”
according to the BSA report (2001), “[the research group] expects growth in the more
rapidly developing regions to continue. Consequently, relatively higher piracy rates will
become a larger problem” (BSA, 2001, May, p. 2). [Find other sources before conference.]
“[The findings in the BSA study] also point to a fundamental piracy problem in the
more technologically advanced regions, specifically North America and Western Europe”


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