Virtual Exit in the Global Information Economy

Chicago-Kent Law Review, v.73, 1999, pp.943-996

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-32

55 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2012 Last revised: 2 Jun 2012

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Dan L. Burk

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

Because the Internet provides an infrastructure where the marginal costs of distributing digitized information goods is close to zero, it will tend to drive market prices for information goods toward zero. At the same time, by providing “cheap exit” from localized information regulatory regimes, the Internet may promote competition among jurisdictions in producing information regulation. These markets for information products and for information regulation are linked, so that inefficiencies in one will alter the competitive trade - offs in the other. Both forms of competition may be characterized as races to externalize, in which the benefits of competition are potentially dissipated by jurisdictional spillovers. This will necessitate changes in the international regime for copyright and similar information regulation, which will increasingly tend toward a coordinated but potentially inefficient standard.

Suggested Citation

Burk, Dan L., Virtual Exit in the Global Information Economy (1999). Chicago-Kent Law Review, v.73, 1999, pp.943-996 ; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2037909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2037909

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