Piracy in a two-sided software market

Alexander Rasch, Tobias Wenzel

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This paper studies the impact of software piracy in a two-sided-market setting. Software platforms attract developers and users to maximize their profits. The equilibrium price structure is affected by piracy: license fees to developers are higher with more software protection but the impact on user prices is ambiguous. A conflict between platforms and software developers over software protection may arise: whereas one side benefits from better protection, the other party loses out. Under platform compatibility, this conflict is no longer present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-89
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Developer
  • Piracy
  • Platform
  • Software
  • Two-sided market


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