P2P Music Sharing Networks: Why the Legal Fight Against Copiers May Be Inefficient

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Fabrice Rochelandet

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3

Fabrice Le Guel

Université de Rennes I

Abstract

The paper investigates empirically the behavior of copiers over P2P networks based on an ordered Logit model of intensity using a dataset collected from more than 2,500 French households. In accordance with the prediction of the Beckerian framework, copying behavior is negatively correlated with the willingness to pay for an original when a copy is available. But individuals also make their decisions according to their social neighborhood and to the degree to which they have learned about copying. Furthermore, we find that copiers are motivated by the search for diversified contents, and they are also very concerned about the interests of artists. We then consider the efficiency of anti-copying policies on the copying of music and movies.

Keywords: P2P, Music Network, Legal Right

Suggested Citation

Rochelandet, Fabrice and Le Guel, Fabrice, P2P Music Sharing Networks: Why the Legal Fight Against Copiers May Be Inefficient. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 69-82, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1145848

Fabrice Rochelandet (Contact Author)

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 ( email )

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Paris, F-75005
France

Fabrice Le Guel

Université de Rennes I ( email )

7, Place Hoche
35065 Rennes Cedex, Rennes
France

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