Internet Access: Where Law, Economy, Culture and Technology Meet

21 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2010 Last revised: 17 May 2014

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Sulan Wong

University of Coruña - Faculty of Law

Eitan Altman

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA)

Julio Rojas-Mora

Universidad Católica de Temuco

Date Written: September 2, 2010

Abstract

Internet growth has allowed unprecedented widespread access to cultural creation including music and films, to knowledge, and to a wide range of consumer information. At the same time, it has become a huge source of business opportunities. Along with great benefits that this access to the Internet provides, the open and free access to the Internet has encountered large opposition based on political, economical and ethical reasons. An ongoing battle over the control on Internet access has been escalating on all these fronts. In this paper we describe first some of the ideological roots of free access to the Internet along with its main opponents. We then focus on the problem of “Internet piracy” and analyze the efficiency of efforts to reduce the availability of copyrighted creations that are available for non-authorized free download.

Keywords: Internet access, fundamental rights, copyrights, public goods, commons

JEL Classification: O34, H41, K00

Suggested Citation

Wong, Sulan and Altman, Eitan and Rojas-Mora, Julio, Internet Access: Where Law, Economy, Culture and Technology Meet (September 2, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1654260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1654260

Sulan Wong

University of Coruña - Faculty of Law ( email )

Campus de Elviña
A Coruña, 15071
Spain

Eitan Altman

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA) ( email )

BP93 2004 Route des Lucioles
Sophia Antipolis Cedex, 06902
France

Julio Rojas-Mora (Contact Author)

Universidad Católica de Temuco ( email )

Rudecindo Ortega 02950
Dpt. of Informatics Engineering
Temuco, 4781312
Chile

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