nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2021‒01‒11
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Geo-blocking: A literature review and new evidence in online audio-visual services By BROOCKS Annette; DUCH BROWN Nestor; GOMEZ HERRERA Maria Estrella; MARTENS Bertin
  2. The Safest Time to Fly: Pandemic Response in the Era of Fox News By Ananyev, Maxim; Poyker, Michael; Tian, Yuan
  3. The Revision of the Canadian Copyright Act: An Economic Analysis By Marcel Boyer

  1. By: BROOCKS Annette (European Commission – JRC); DUCH BROWN Nestor (European Commission – JRC); GOMEZ HERRERA Maria Estrella; MARTENS Bertin (European Commission – JRC)
    Abstract: This paper is composed of two different parts. In the first part we provide a review of the existing literature dealing with geo-blocking in copyright-protected content. The material is divided between studies that focus on non-audio-visual content and those dealing with audio-visual content. In the second part, we offer recent evidence of cross-border availability of audio-visual content in VoD platforms in the EU.
    Keywords: geo-blocking, copyright
    Date: 2020–11
  2. By: Ananyev, Maxim; Poyker, Michael; Tian, Yuan
    Abstract: We document a causal effect of conservative Fox News Channel in the United States on physical distancing during COVID-19 pandemic. We measure county-level mobility covering all U.S. states and District of Columbia produced by GPS pings to 15-17 million smartphones and zip-code-level mobility using Facebook location data. Then, using the historical position of Fox News Channel in the cable lineup as the source of exogenous variation, we show that increased exposure to Fox News led to a smaller reduction in distance traveled and smaller increase in the probability to stay home after the national emergency declaration in the United States. Our results show that slanted media can have a harmful effect on containment efforts during a pandemic by affecting people's behaviour.
    Keywords: Mobility,Media Bias,Fox News,COVID-19
    JEL: D1 D7 I31 Z13
    Date: 2020
  3. By: Marcel Boyer
    Abstract: A clause of the 2012 Canadian Copyright Modernization Act requires Parliament to review the Copyright Act every five years. The House of Commons instructed two of its committees, the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (SCCH), to review the Copyright Act. The committees filed their reports in 2019. Four of their recommendations are particularly relevant and discussed here: the extension of the term of copyright, the introduction of a so-called “termination right”, an amendment of the copyright reversion regime, and the introduction of a mandatory registration. My study is intended to inform policy analysis of these recommendations, including, among other things, the upfront impact on creator bargaining power and remuneration; the long-term impact on a work’s availability and potential revenues; the creative marketplace in general; and the interactions between the proposed legislative amendments and other areas of the Copyright Act.
    Keywords: Copyright Term Extension,Copyright Termination Right,Copyright Reversion Regime,Creators Remuneration,Bargaining Power,Risk and Discounting,
    Date: 2020–12–21

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