Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/46520
Authors: 
Belleflamme, Paul
Peitz, Martin
Year of Publication: 
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

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