Pirated for profit

Joshua Slive, Dan Bernhardt

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This paper explains why a software manufacturer may permit limited piracy of its software. Piracy can be viewed as a form of price discrimination in which the manufacturer sells some of the software at a price of zero. In the presence of significant network externalities for the software, it may be profit maximizing for the software manufacturer to tolerate piracy by home consumers, most of whom have a low willingness to pay. This can increase the demand for the software by business users. JEL Classification: L2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)886-899
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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