File Sharing, Network Architecture, and Copyright Enforcement: An Overview
AbstractThis paper provides an overview of internet file sharing networks and explores the relationship between technological, economic, and legal aspects of file sharing. I chronicle the evolution of content sharing technology since the 1990s, and examine the role of network architecture for a copyright holder’s choice of enforcement strategy as well as users’ responses to enforcement tactics. Some conjectures for possible future enforcement approaches are also derived. The target audience of this survey consists of economists and legal scholars interested in intellectual property rights and internet file sharing.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-19.
Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2012
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file sharing; peer-to-peer networks; network architecture; intellectual property rights; copyright enforcement;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
- K11 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Property Law
- K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
- L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
- O34 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-09-09 (All new papers)
- NEP-ICT-2012-09-09 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-IPR-2012-09-09 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-NET-2012-09-09 (Network Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2012-09-09 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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- Cox, Joe & Collins, Alan & Drinkwater, Stephen, 2010. "Seeders, leechers and social norms: Evidence from the market for illicit digital downloading," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 299-305, December.
- NANDI, Tushar K. & ROCHELANDET, Fabrice, 2008. "The Incentives for Contributing Digital Contents Over P2P Networks: An Empirical Investigation," MPRA Paper 51301, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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