The Potential Demise of Another Natural Monopoly: New Technologies and the Administration of Performing Rights

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Ariel Katz

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 30, 2010

Abstract

This is a second in of two articles in which I challenge the collective administration of performing rights. In the first article, published in a recent issue of this journal, I questioned the natural monopoly paradigm that dominates the analysis of collective administration of performing rights. In this article I demonstrate how, by lowering many of the transaction costs which previously purported to justify the practice, new digital technologies further undermine the justification for collective administration. I also discuss whether market forces alone would transform the market into a competitive one, consider possible continuing roles for existing Performing Rights Organizations, and compare the Canadian and the US regulatory approaches to determine how conducive they are to such change.

Suggested Citation

Katz, Ariel, The Potential Demise of Another Natural Monopoly: New Technologies and the Administration of Performing Rights (July 30, 2010). Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1183672

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