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Digital Piracy: Theory

40 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2010  

Paul Belleflamme

GREQAM; CORE and Louvain School of Management, UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Martin Peitz

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 27, 2010

Abstract

This article reviews recent theoretical contributions on digital piracy. It starts by elaborating on the reasons for intellectual property protection, by reporting a few facts about copyright protection, and by examining reasons to become a digital pirate. Next, it provides an exploration of the consequences of digital piracy, using a base model and several extensions (with consumer sampling, network effects, and indirect appropriation). A closer look at market-structure implications of end-user piracy is then taken. After a brief review of commercial piracy, additional legal and private responses to end-user piracy are considered. Finally, a quick look at emerging new business models is taken.

Keywords: information good, piracy, copyright, IP protection, internet, peer-to-peer, software, music

JEL Classification: L11, L82, L86

Suggested Citation

Belleflamme, Paul and Peitz, Martin, Digital Piracy: Theory (October 27, 2010). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3222. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1698618

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Martin Peitz

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