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Software As A Knowledge Industry

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This chapter puts the international software industry into broader context. First, its characteristics and contribution within the international economy are explored and a breakdown of its constituent parts is provided, setting out the increasingly blurred relationship between software as a product and software enabled services. Second, the industry's salience within international IP regimes is discussed, with particular reference to the way that software as a high value unit crosses a number of boundaries within existing systems, in terms of different trade policies between products and services and in terms of different IP regulations such as copyright and patent controls. Third, the dominant position of the United States within the international software industry is assessed through the lens of first-tier developing countries such as India and China, both of which have ambitions towards greater significance in their roles as consumers of software outputs and producers of software inventions.

Keywords: international software industry; knowledge industry



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