Internet access: where law, economy, culture and technology meet
AbstractInternet growth has allowed unprecedented widespread access to cultural creation including music and films, to knowledge, and to a wide range of consumer information. At the same time, it has become a huge source of business opportunities. Along with great benefits that this access to the Internet provides, the open and free access to the Internet has encountered large opposition based on political, economical and ethical reasons. An ongoing battle over the control on Internet access has been escalating on all these fronts. In this paper we describe first some of the ideological roots of free access to the Internet along with its main opponents. We then focus on the problem of “Internet piracy” and analyze the efficiency of efforts to reduce the availability of copyrighted creations that are available for non-authorized free download.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 24455.
Date of creation: 06 Aug 2010
Date of revision: 06 Aug 2010
Internet access; fundamental rights; copyrights; public goods; commons;
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- O34 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
- K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)
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- NEP-ALL-2010-08-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-ICT-2010-08-28 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-IPR-2010-08-28 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-LAW-2010-08-28 (Law & Economics)
- NEP-NET-2010-08-28 (Network Economics)
- NEP-PBE-2010-08-28 (Public Economics)
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