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Title:Digital piracy: Theory PDF Logo
Authors:Belleflamme, Paul
Peitz, Martin
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Industrial Organisation 3222
Abstract:This article reviews recent theoretical contributions on digital piracy. It starts by elaborating on the reasons for intellectual property protection, by reporting a few facts about copyright protection, and by examining reasons to become a digital pirate. Next, it provides an exploration of the consequences of digital piracy, using a base model and several extensions (with consumer sampling, network effects, and indirect appropriation). A closer look at market-structure implications of end-user piracy is then taken. After a brief review of commercial piracy, additional legal and private responses to end-user piracy are considered. Finally, a quick look at emerging new business models is taken.
Subjects:information good
piracy
copyright
IP protection
internet
peer-to-peer
software
music
JEL:L11
L82
L86
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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