DRMS: A New Strategic Stake for Content Industries: The Case of the Online Music Market

15 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2008  

Joelle Farchy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Heritiana Ranaivoson

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - IBBT-SMIT

Abstract

DRMS are often described as essential in the development of the legal online supply of content, notably of music (In this paper, we do not study the cases of sites that sell pre-recorded music, such as Amazon). That is why they are becoming a crucial stake for the whole recovering music industry. In the first section, we will precise the strategic role of DRMS. The market for DRMS in the online music supply is a very recent one, but it is expected to grow rather fast. Moreover, DRMS are becoming the heart of the online music value chain. The aim of this paper is to study the technological competition between the firms that try to impose their standard on the growing market of DRMS. Because this competition relies on the lack of interoperability and on a possible monopolization, we find that the results of this competition may not benefit the content industries.

Keywords: Online market, Music

Suggested Citation

Farchy, Joelle and Ranaivoson, Heritiana, DRMS: A New Strategic Stake for Content Industries: The Case of the Online Music Market. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 53-67, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1145843

Joelle Farchy (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Heritiana Ranaivoson

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - IBBT-SMIT ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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