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DOES COPYRIGHT ENFORCEMENT ENCOURAGE PIRACY? -super-*

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  • RICK HARBAUGH
  • RAHUL KHEMKA

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When copyright enforcement is targeted at high-value buyers such as corporate and government users, the copyright holder charges super-monopoly prices, thereby encouraging low-value buyers to switch to inferior pirated copies. We show that enlarging the copyright holder's captive market through more extensive copyright enforcement reduces prices toward the monopoly level, increases sales of legitimate copies and can increase consumer surplus. Therefore, in contrast with the case of more intensive copyright enforcement, more extensive copyright enforcement over some range can increase the incentive to generate intellectual property while also reducing the loss to consumers from monopoly power. Copyright 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. and the Editorial Board of The Journal of Industrial Economics.

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Volume (Year): 58 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 306-323

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:58:y:2010:i:2:p:306-323

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