nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2006‒08‒26
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Digital Rights Management and the Pricing of Digital Products By Yooki Park; Suzanne Scotchmer
  2. The Effect of P2P File Sharing on Music Markets: A Survival Analysis of Albums on Ranking Charts By Sudip Bhattacharjee; Ram D. Gopal; Kaveepan Lertwachara; James R. Marsden; Rahul Telang
  3. Piggybackers and freeloaders: platform economics and indirect liability for copyright infringement By Barak Y. Orbach
  4. The Economic Consequences of Professional Sports Strikes and Lockouts: Revisited By Robert Baade; Robert Baumann; Victor Matheson

  1. By: Yooki Park (University of California, Berkeley); Suzanne Scotchmer (University of California, Berkeley)
    Abstract: Digital products such as movies, music and computer software are protected both by self-help measures such as encryption and copy controls, and by the legal right to prevent copying. We explore how digital rights management and other technical protections a®ect the pricing of content, and consequently, why content users, content vendors, and antitrust authorities might have di®erent views on what technical capabilities should be deployed. We discuss the potential for \collusion through technology."
    Keywords: technical protections, DRM, antitrust, trusted systems
    JEL: L13 L14 L15 K21 O33
    Date: 2004–09–30
  2. By: Sudip Bhattacharjee (School of Business, University of Connecticut); Ram D. Gopal (School of Business, University of Connecticut); Kaveepan Lertwachara (School of Business, University of Connecticut); James R. Marsden (School of Business, University of Connecticut); Rahul Telang (H John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University)
    Abstract: Recent technological and market forces have profoundly impacted the music industry. Emphasizing threats from peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies, the industry continues to seek sanctions against individuals who offer significant number of songs for others to copy. Yet there is little rigorous empirical analysis of the impacts of online sharing on the success of music products. Combining data on the performance of music albums on the Billboard charts with file sharing data from a popular network, we: 1) assess the impact of recent developments related to the music industry on survival of music albums on the charts, and 2) evaluate the specific impact of P2P sharing on an album’s survival on the charts. In the post P2P era, we find significantly reduced chart survival. The second phase of our study isolates the impact of file sharing on album survival. We find that sharing does not seem to hurt the survival of albums.
    Keywords: peer-to-peer, digitized music, online file sharing, survival.
    Date: 2005–10
  3. By: Barak Y. Orbach (The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law)
    Abstract: Many, if not most, copyright cases of alleged indirect liability for copyright infringement arise in platform markets: One of the litigating parties is a market intermediary that connects members of different distinct groups. Indirect liability for copyright infringement is still controversial and frequently litigated. This paper develops an analytical framework that is applicable to many of the debated cases. The presented framework offers strong justifications for the imposition of indirect liability for copyright infringement in platform markets and offers tools to establish certain elements of indirect liability for copyright infringement.
    Date: 2005–11
  4. By: Robert Baade (Department of Economics and Business, Lake Forest College); Robert Baumann (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross); Victor Matheson (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)
    Abstract: Professional sports franchises have used the lure of economic riches as an incentive for cities to construct new stadiums and arenas at considerable public expense. An analysis of taxable sales in Florida cities demonstrates that none of the 6 new franchises or 8 new stadiums and arenas in the state since 1980 have resulted in a statistically significant increase in taxable sales in the host metropolitan area. In addition, using the numerous work stoppages in professional sports as test cases, again no statistically significant effect on taxable sales is found from the sudden absence of professional sports due to strikes and lockouts.
    Keywords: sports, strikes, economic impact, baseball, football, basketball, hockey, stadiums
    JEL: L83 R53
    Date: 2006–06

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