Category Archives: Filesharing

Proposal in Brazil to Legalize Non-Commercial File-Sharing and Monetize P2P

Pedro Paranaguá points me to a proposal for monetizing P2P file-sharing in Brazil. The proposal has been submitted as part of Brazil’s open public consultation to review its copyright law. As he summarizes it for non-Portugese speakers like myself (though Google translate did not do a bad job!): Basically, non-commercial file sharing will be authorized […]

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Filesharing Costs: Dubious Figures Making the Rounds Again

The BBC ran a story yesterday headlined “Seven million ‘use illegal files’”. Its bolded first paragraph stated: Around seven million people in the UK are involved in illegal downloads, costing the economy tens of billions of pounds, government advisers say. [emphasis added] 7 million people involved in unauthorised file-sharing is possible, but costs of tens […]

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Dutch Study on Filesharing

A new Dutch study on the effects of filesharing has just come out. Unfortunately it is all in dutch! However, courtesy of online translation, it appears the basic message is that filesharing has a net positive impact on welfare (though they term this the ‘economic’ impact): File sharing has net positive economic impact The net […]

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New Study: “The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study for Industry Canada”

A new study is out on the relationship of unauthorised downloading and music purchases. The work was carried out by two economists, Birgitte Andersen and Marion Frenz, of Birkbeck College (University of London) for Industry Canada. Entitled The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study for Industry Canada […]

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Oberholzer and Strumpf Study Published in JPE

As is the way with Academic Journals nearly 3 years after the original version (and two after the revised one) the Oberholzer and Strumpf study (see my summary of the p2p literature for details) is now out in the JPE.

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Piracy and Demands for Films: Analysis of Piracy Behavior in French Universities

http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=936049

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Supply Responses to Digital Distribution: Recorded Music and Live Performances

A while back someone pointed me at an interesting paper by Julie Mortimer and Alan Sorenson entitled, Supply Responses to Digital Distribution: Recorded Music and Live Performances, which they presented at the 2006 AEA conference. I’ve only had a chance to glance through this but it appears to have some interesting data — and some […]

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Why the music industry may gain from free downloading — The role of sampling

Title: Why the music industry may gain from free downloading — The role of sampling DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijindorg.2005.10.006 Authors: Martin Peitz and Patrick Waelbroeck Journal: International Journal of Industrial Organization, Volume 24, Issue 5 , September 2006, Pages 907-913 Abstract: Downloading digital products for free may harm creators and intermediaries because consumers may no longer buy […]

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(Yet) Another Empirical Analysis of File Sharing

Just came across another paper evaluating the effect of filesharing published earlier this year. Authored by Norbert J. Michel (now of Nicholls State University) and is entitled The Impact of Digital File Sharing on the Music Industry: An Empirical Analysis (Berkley Press’ Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 6: No. 1, Article 18) is […]

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Filesharing in Denmark

Lessig reports on some work done by Claus Pedersen on filesharing in Denmark. Unfortunately the full paper is in danish but a summary has been translated by Marie Elisabeth Pade and is available at http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/danish_filesharing.pdf.

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