Sequel to Liebowitz's Comment on the Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf Paper on Filesharing
36 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2008 Last revised: 2 Sep 2014
Date Written: July 5, 2008
Through a stroke of luck, a referee report in the review process at the JPE has been positively identified as the Oberholzer-Gee/Strumpf (O/S) response to my earlier comment. Regardless of the response's provenance, what counts is whether it solidly refuted my comment. This 'sequel' analyzes the O/S response. The O/S response only deals with four of the nine points discussed in my comment, leaving the five remaining critiques unchallenged. The conclusion of my review is that the O/S response fails as a defense of these four points and contains many of the same types of errors that marred their original paper. This sequel also discusses the history of this dispute including O/S' various reasons for not making their data available. Finally, this sequel provides full documentation on the JPE's decision not to publish the comment.
Keywords: downloads, mp3, file sharing, replication, internet, copying
JEL Classification: K0, L0, L5, L8
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