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Legal, Economic and Cultural Aspects of File Sharing


Joost Poort


University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Paul Rutten


Leiden University

Nico Van Eijk


University of Amsterdam

April 27, 2011

Communications and Strategies, No. 77, pp. 35-54, 2010

Abstract:     
This contribution seeks to identify the short and long-term economic and cultural effects of file sharing on music, films and games, while taking into account the legal context and policy developments. The short-term implications examined concern direct costs and benefits to society, whereas the long-term impact concerns changes in the industry's business models as well as in cultural diversity and the accessibility of content. It observes that the proliferation of digital distribution networks combined with the availability of digital technology among consumers has broken the entertainment industries' control over the access to their products. Only part of the decline in music sales can be attributed to file sharing. Despite the losses for the music industry, the increased accessibility of culture renders the overall welfare effects of file sharing robustly positive. As a consequence the entertainment industries, particularly the music industry, have to explore new models to sustain their business.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: filesharing, downloading/uploading, entertainment industry, cultural analysis

JEL Classification: L82, O34, Z1

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Date posted: April 20, 2011 ; Last revised: May 5, 2011

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Poort, Joost and Rutten, Paul and Van Eijk, Nico, Legal, Economic and Cultural Aspects of File Sharing (April 27, 2011). Communications and Strategies, No. 77, pp. 35-54, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1809696

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Joost Poort
University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )
Rokin 84
Amsterdam, 1012 KX
Netherlands
Paul Rutten
Leiden University ( email )
Postbus 9500
Leiden, 2300 RA
Netherlands
Nico Van Eijk (Contact Author)
University of Amsterdam ( email )
Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands
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