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Piracy and Creation: The Case of the Music Industry

Maya Bacache

Telecom ParisTech

Marc Bourreau

Telecom ParisTech; CREST

François Moreau

Université Paris 13

February 7, 2012

In this paper we propose a model which shows that the impact of copyright infringement on music artists depends on the type of revenue that they receive (royalties from record companies, profits for self-released artists, revenues from live concerts). We then test the hypotheses derived from the model on a dataset consisting of a survey of 710 artists representative of the whole population of French professional musicians. The results are consistent with our model in so far as: (i) those artists with a recording contract who do more live performances are more tolerant of piracy; and (ii) self-released artists are less tolerant of piracy, and that their attitude is therefore closer to that of record companies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: Copyright, Piracy, Music industry, Artists

JEL Classification: K42, L82, O34

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Date posted: February 7, 2012  

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Bacache, Maya and Bourreau, Marc and Moreau, François, Piracy and Creation: The Case of the Music Industry (February 7, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2000626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2000626

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Maya Bacache
Telecom ParisTech ( email )
46 rue Barrault
F-75634 Paris, Cedex 13
Marc Bourreau (Contact Author)
Telecom ParisTech ( email )
46, rue Barrault
Paris Cedex 13, F-75634
15 Boulevard Gabriel Peri
Malakoff Cedex, 1 92245
François Moreau
Université Paris 13 ( email )
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