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How Effective are International Copyright Conventions in the Music Industry?

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  • Andrew E Burke

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The paper is concerned with the issue of whether international copyright legislation is effective in curbing audio software counterfeiting. The paper finds that copyright conventions have not been effective in reducing audio counterfeiting to comparatively low levels. This result holds even when allowances are made for the duration of copyright convention membership and the specificity of the articles of the convention. Economic development is found to be the main determinant of low counterfeit levels. This would tend to support anecdotal evidence which indicates that economic development is a necessary condition for the active recognition of audio property rights by the general public, judiciary and police. It is also consistent with a view that pirate audio software, being an inferior good, has a more buoyant market in less developed economies. From a policy perspective the research would seem to suggest that the extensive efforts and copious attention to detail by legal experts has made little impact on counterfeit activity and is secondary in importance to the socio-economic environment in which these laws are being applied.

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Paper provided by Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm in its series CRIEFF Discussion Papers with number 9516.

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Date of creation: Oct 1995
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Handle: RePEc:san:crieff:9516

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Keywords: music industry; law and economics; property rights; copyright;

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  1. Andrew Burke, 1996. "The dynamics of product differentiation in the British record industry," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 20(2), pages 145-164, June.
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  1. Antonio Andrés, 2006. "The relationship between copyright software protection and piracy: Evidence from europe," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 21(1), pages 29-51, January.
  2. Susan Athey & Scott Stern, 2013. "The Nature and Incidence of Software Piracy: Evidence from Windows," NBER Working Papers 19755, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Kranenburg,Hans,van & Hogenbrink,Annelies, 2003. "Determinants of Multimedia, Entertainment, and Business Software Copyright Piracy: A Cross-national Study," Research Memorandum 039, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
  4. Andrew Burke & Stuart Fraser, 2005. "The Impact of Intellectual Property Rights on Self-Employed Entrepreneurship: an International Analysis," Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group 2005-13, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group.
  5. Antonio Rodriguez Andres, 2004. "The Relationship Between Software Protection And Piracy: Evidence From Europe," Law and Economics, EconWPA 0402001, EconWPA.
  6. Deli Yang & Mahmut Sonmez & Derek Bosworth & Gerald Fryxell, 2009. "Global Software Piracy: Searching for Further Explanations," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, Springer, vol. 87(2), pages 269-283, June.
  7. Dolfsma, W.A., 2004. "Some Economics of Digital Content," ERIM Report Series Research in Management, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasm ERS-2004-036-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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  9. Alireza Naghavi & Günther Schulze, 2001. "Bootlegging in the Music Industry: A Note," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 57-72, July.
  10. Dyuti Banerjee, 2011. "On the sufficiency of regulatory enforcement in combating piracy," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 40(2), pages 160-176, October.
  11. Juan Montoro Pons & Manuel Cuadrado García, 2008. "Legal origin and intellectual property rights: an empirical study in the prerecorded music sector," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 26(2), pages 153-173, October.
  12. Dyuti Banerjee & Ahmed Khalid & Jan-Egbert Sturm, 2005. "Socio-economic development and software piracy. An empirical assessment," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(18), pages 2091-2097.
  13. Theo Papadopoulos, 2003. "Determinants of International Sound Recording Piracy," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 6(10), pages 1-9.
  14. Ruth Towse, 2008. "Why has cultural economics ignored copyright?," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 32(4), pages 243-259, December.

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