Access to Audio-Visual Contents, Exclusivity and Anticommons in New Media Markets

Communications & Strategies, No. 71, p. 79, 3rd Quarter 2008

23 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2009

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Antonio Nicita

University of Siena - Department of Economics

Maria Alessandra Rossi

University of Siena - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 9, 2009

Abstract

Media markets are characterized by strong peculiarities that often call for long-term exclusivity contracts between content providers and distributors or for vertical or horizontal integration. This paper analyzes and compares the economic effects of existing alternative systems of access to valuable content for new media platforms, under the lens of technological convergence and 'network neutrality'. The analysis suggests the increasing need for a coordinated regulatory framework aimed at balancing costs and benefits of the different models in order to ensure that the development of new markets and new technologies in the age of media convergence is not hindered by 'anticommons' tragedies.

Keywords: contents, new media, anticommons, antitrust

JEL Classification: L40, L82, O31

Suggested Citation

Nicita, Antonio and Rossi, Maria Alessandra, Access to Audio-Visual Contents, Exclusivity and Anticommons in New Media Markets (March 9, 2009). Communications & Strategies, No. 71, p. 79, 3rd Quarter 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1356023

Antonio Nicita (Contact Author)

University of Siena - Department of Economics ( email )

Piazza S. Francesco, 7
Siena, I-53100
Italy

Maria Alessandra Rossi

University of Siena - Department of Economics ( email )

Piazza S. Francesco, 7
Siena, I-53100
Italy

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