Internet Access: Where Law, Economy, Culture and Technology Meet
University of Coruña - Faculty of Law
Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA)
University of Barcelona - Department of Business Economics and Organization
September 2, 2010
Internet growth has allowed unprecedented widespread access to cultural creation including music and films, to knowledge, and to a wide range of consumer information. At the same time, it has become a huge source of business opportunities. Along with great benefits that this access to the Internet provides, the open and free access to the Internet has encountered large opposition based on political, economical and ethical reasons. An ongoing battle over the control on Internet access has been escalating on all these fronts. In this paper we describe first some of the ideological roots of free access to the Internet along with its main opponents. We then focus on the problem of “Internet piracy” and analyze the efficiency of efforts to reduce the availability of copyrighted creations that are available for non-authorized free download.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: Internet access, fundamental rights, copyrights, public goods, commons
JEL Classification: O34, H41, K00working papers series
Date posted: August 8, 2010 ; Last revised: September 5, 2010
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