The Political Economy of Audio-Visual Copyright Enforcement

24 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2005

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David Waterman

Indiana University - Department of Telecommunications

Date Written: March 22, 2005

Abstract

There appear to be wide variations in levels of enforcement against piracy and illegal copying in the AV entertainment industries. In particular, copyright holders such as the Motion Picture Association of America appear to be very aggressive, while firms at the retail level, especially cable operators, appear to tolerate or even encourage piracy and illegal copying in some cases. It is argued that these differences exist because of asymmetries of enforcement costs and control, interdependent demand in the movie release system, and inefficiencies due to profit-sharing payment contracts for electronically distributed media. In conclusion, public welfare issues and possible policy solutions are considered, including facilitation of greater vertical integration and the sharing with copyright holders of restitution payments that private firms at the retail level can collect from copyright infringers.

Keywords: copyright, intellectual property, cable television, entertainment

JEL Classification: K42, L82, L86

Suggested Citation

Waterman, David, The Political Economy of Audio-Visual Copyright Enforcement (March 22, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=735383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.735383

David Waterman (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Department of Telecommunications ( email )

1229 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
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812-855-6170 (Phone)

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