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Access to Audio-visual Contents, Exclusivity and Anticommons in New Media Markets


  • Antonio NICITA

    (University of Siena, Italy)

  • Maria Alessandra ROSSI

    (University of Siena, Italy)


Media markets are characterized by strong peculiarities that often call for longterm exclusivity contracts between content providers and distributors or for vertical or horizontal integration. This paper analyzes and compares the economic effects of existing alternative systems of access to valuable content for new media platforms, under the lens of technological convergence and 'network neutrality'. The analysis suggests the increasing need for a coordinated regulatory framework aimed at balancing costs and benefits of the different models in order to ensure that the development of new markets and new technologies in the age of media convergence is not hindered by "anticommons" tragedies.

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  • Antonio NICITA & Maria Alessandra ROSSI, 2008. "Access to Audio-visual Contents, Exclusivity and Anticommons in New Media Markets," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(71), pages 79-102, 3rd quart.
  • Handle: RePEc:idt:journl:cs7104

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    1. Gonçalves, Vânia & Evens, Tom & Alves, Artur Pimenta & Ballon, Pieter, 2014. "Power and control strategies in online video services," 25th European Regional ITS Conference, Brussels 2014 101438, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
    2. Evens, Tom, 2010. "Challenging content exclusivity in network industries: the case of digital broadcasting," 21st European Regional ITS Conference, Copenhagen 2010: Telecommunications at new crossroads - Changing value configurations, user roles, and regulation 12, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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    contents; new media; anticommons; antitrust.;

    JEL classification:

    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives


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