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A Hunting Season for Pirates: Anti-Piracy Measures and Their Effectiveness in Bulgaria

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According to official estimates, Bulgaria’s pirate activities have incurred $105 million in trade loses for 1995 alone. Despite some major improvements, the 2002 International Intellectual Property Alliance report, places Bulgaria on the Watch List for countries with excessive levels of piracy.
The recurrent nature of the piracy problem in Bulgaria raises several questions: What is the current state of piracy in Bulgaria? What have been the measures undertaken by the Bulgarian government and international community to combat this problem? Why are Bulgarian CD pirates proving to be so resistant to international and domestic pressure?
In an attempt to address these questions adequately, the present study will be organized into five parts. Part I will provide a brief overview of major international treaties and conventions that govern current anti-piracy efforts. Part II will present an overview of Bulgarian Copyright Law as adopted in September, 1993. Part III will discuss in detail the scope and types of piracy in Bulgaria. Some estimates will be provided as to the losses incurred as a result of pirate trade. Part IV will present a detailed discussion of the measures undertaken in the past 7-8 years to combat piracy in Bulgaria. The last part, Part V, will explore the appropriateness of the measures and their effectiveness in a Bulgarian context. Specifically, it will address such factors as economic development, political history and ideology, culture of the people engaged in piracy and the adequacy of the legal system to enforce the laws.

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copyright law, piracy, Bulgaria, anti-piracy measures
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Raicheva, Maria. "A Hunting Season for Pirates: Anti-Piracy Measures and Their Effectiveness in Bulgaria" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112234_index.html>

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Raicheva, M. G. , 2003-05-27 "A Hunting Season for Pirates: Anti-Piracy Measures and Their Effectiveness in Bulgaria" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112234_index.html

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Abstract: According to official estimates, Bulgaria’s pirate activities have incurred $105 million in trade loses for 1995 alone. Despite some major improvements, the 2002 International Intellectual Property Alliance report, places Bulgaria on the Watch List for countries with excessive levels of piracy.
The recurrent nature of the piracy problem in Bulgaria raises several questions: What is the current state of piracy in Bulgaria? What have been the measures undertaken by the Bulgarian government and international community to combat this problem? Why are Bulgarian CD pirates proving to be so resistant to international and domestic pressure?
In an attempt to address these questions adequately, the present study will be organized into five parts. Part I will provide a brief overview of major international treaties and conventions that govern current anti-piracy efforts. Part II will present an overview of Bulgarian Copyright Law as adopted in September, 1993. Part III will discuss in detail the scope and types of piracy in Bulgaria. Some estimates will be provided as to the losses incurred as a result of pirate trade. Part IV will present a detailed discussion of the measures undertaken in the past 7-8 years to combat piracy in Bulgaria. The last part, Part V, will explore the appropriateness of the measures and their effectiveness in a Bulgarian context. Specifically, it will address such factors as economic development, political history and ideology, culture of the people engaged in piracy and the adequacy of the legal system to enforce the laws.

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