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Two sides to the evasion: The Pirate Bay and the interdependencies of evasive entrepreneurship

Niklas Elert (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden)
Magnus Henrekson (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden)
Joakim Wernberg (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden)

Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

ISSN: 2045-2101

Article publication date: 15 August 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

Evasive entrepreneurs innovate by circumventing or disrupting existing formal institutional frameworks. Since such evasions rarely go unnoticed, they usually lead to responses from lawmakers and regulators. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors introduce a conceptual model to illustrate and map the interdependencey between evasive entrepreneurship and the regulatory response it provokes. The authors apply this framework to the case of the file sharing platform The Pirate Bay, a venture with a number of clearly innovative and evasive features.

Findings

The platform was a radical, widely applied innovation that transformed the internet landscape, yet its founders became convicted criminals because of it.

Originality/value

Applying the evasive entrepreneurship framework to this case improves the understanding of the relationship between policymaking and entrepreneurship in the digital age, and is a first step toward exploring best responses for regulators facing evasive entrepreneurship.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful for useful comments and suggestions on an earlier version of this paper from Steven Davis, Maria Minniti and Jerker Moodysson. Elert and Henrekson gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation.

Citation

Elert, N., Henrekson, M. and Wernberg, J. (2016), "Two sides to the evasion: The Pirate Bay and the interdependencies of evasive entrepreneurship", Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 176-200. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEPP-01-2016-0001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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