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Digital Business Models for Peer-to-Peer Networks: Analysis and Economic Issue

  • Krishnan Ramayya

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Smith Michael D.

    ()

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Tang Zhulei

    (Purdue University)

  • Telang Rahul

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

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    Peer-to-peer (P2P) services allow users to share networked resources, notably bandwidth and content, from the edges of the network. These services have been popularized because of file sharing – particularly the sharing of unlicensed copyrighted files. However, content owners are increasingly exploring the ability of peer-to-peer networks to accommodate legitimate content distribution and promotion. In this article, we review the economic characteristics of P2P networks and outline the implications of these characteristics on efforts to counteract illegal piracy and on potential uses of P2P networks in a commercial media distribution strategy.

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    Volume (Year): 6 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 1-20

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