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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 12 (BSA, 2001, p. 1). These regions have the lowest piracy rates in the world, however, they show the least progress in reducing piracy. The BSA (2001) suggests “a core piracy problem that is more entrenched and, therefore, more difficult to overcome” (p. 1-2). These increases in piracy activity are happening in spite of increased (international, unilateral, bilateral) efforts to prevent piracy. China, Russia, and Ukraine have recently enacted stricter laws to punish pirates, and software companies, as mentioned, have begun using automated tools that constantly scan the Internet, in search of sites offering illegal sales or trades of their programs. “Software pirates … are increasingly coming under the scrutiny of government and law enforcement officials” according to Delio (2002, Jan 22). Software pirates are “now being arrested en masse,” accused of “using the proceeds of their software sales to fund terrorist organizations and organized crime, and of impairing their home countries’ ability to participate in foreign trade and investment markets” (Delio, 2002, Jan 22). [Microsoft Corporation has in various press releases accused pirates of subverting their own economies, their own chances for jobs, their own chances to be honest people, etc.] [Theoretical Note: add updates from website before conference. How is this playing out?? Also, update about sanctions/effects/reflections before conference.] Pirates themselves indicate they aren’t making much money, or funding terrorist organizations. “I make roughly $50 a month, and that’s about what the others here make” a dealer in Moscow said [as quoted in ??add cite]. He sells Windows XP for 90 rubles, a little more than $3.00; Microsoft Windows 2000 for about 70 rubles ($2.09); and Office 2000, at 55 rubles. The pirate indicated that the suppliers of the software discs he sells are

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 12
(BSA, 2001, p. 1). These regions have the lowest piracy rates in the world, however, they
show the least progress in reducing piracy. The BSA (2001) suggests “a core piracy
problem that is more entrenched and, therefore, more difficult to overcome” (p. 1-2).
These increases in piracy activity are happening in spite of increased (international,
unilateral, bilateral) efforts to prevent piracy. China, Russia, and Ukraine have recently
enacted stricter laws to punish pirates, and software companies, as mentioned, have begun
using automated tools that constantly scan the Internet, in search of sites offering illegal
sales or trades of their programs.
“Software pirates … are increasingly coming under the scrutiny of government
and law enforcement officials” according to Delio (2002, Jan 22). Software pirates are
“now being arrested en masse,” accused of “using the proceeds of their software sales to
fund terrorist organizations and organized crime, and of impairing their home countries’
ability to participate in foreign trade and investment markets” (Delio, 2002, Jan 22).
[Microsoft Corporation has in various press releases accused pirates of subverting their
own economies, their own chances for jobs, their own chances to be honest people, etc.]
[Theoretical Note: add updates from website before conference. How is this playing out??
Also, update about sanctions/effects/reflections before conference.]
Pirates themselves indicate they aren’t making much money, or funding terrorist
organizations. “I make roughly $50 a month, and that’s about what the others here make” a
dealer in Moscow said [as quoted in ??add cite]. He sells Windows XP for 90 rubles, a
little more than $3.00; Microsoft Windows 2000 for about 70 rubles ($2.09); and Office
2000, at 55 rubles. The pirate indicated that the suppliers of the software discs he sells are


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