E-Book Monopolies and the Law
(2013) 18 Media & Arts Law Review 350
25 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2014
Date Written: August 30, 2013
This article will examine the legality of the digital rights management (‘DRM’) measures used by the major e-book publishers and device manufacturers in the United States, European Union and Australia not only to enforce their intellectual property rights but also to create monopolistic content silos, restrict interoperability and affect the ability for users to use the content they have bought in the way they wish. The analysis will then proceed to the recent competition investigations in the US and EU over price-fixing in e-book markets, and the current litigation against Amazon in the US for an alleged abuse of its dominant position. A final point will be made on possible responses in Australia to these issues taking into account the jurisprudence on DRM in other scenarios.
Keywords: e-books, competition, antitrust, copyright, DRM, cartels, price-fixing
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