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DRMs, Innovation and Creation

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  • Geffroy, Olivier
  • Geffroy, Anne-Gaëlle
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    DRMs are intellectual property institutions. They transpose the empirical principle of copyright, which implicitly recognizes that specific ownership rules should be attached to non scientific creation, into the digital era. The legal protection of DRMs, a private means of enforcing content excludability, participates in the "privatization" of copyright protection. This, in turn, means that a proprietary software — governed by intellectual property rights, reinforced by public law — becomes the key to the vertical relations shaped by exclusive copyright. DRMs consequently represent a major stake in the competition to capture network effects in the content distribution vertical chain

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3515.

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    Keywords: copyright; distribution; DRMs; network effects;

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    1. Michael L. Katz & Carl Shapiro, 1994. "Systems Competition and Network Effects," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 8(2), pages 93-115, Spring.
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