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Copying, Superstars, and Artistic Creation

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  • Francisco Alcalá

    () (Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico, Universidad de Murcia, Campus de Espinardo)

  • Miguel González-Maestre

    () (Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico, Universidad de Murcia, Campus de Espinardo)

Abstract

We provide a new perspective on the impact of unauthorized copying and copy levies on artistic creation. Our analysis emphasizes three important aspects of artistic markets: the predominance of superstars, the dynamics of talent sorting, and the importance of promotion expenditures. In the short run, piracy reduces superstars’ earnings and market share, and increases the number of niche and young artists. From a dynamic perspective, piracy may help more young artists start their careers, thereby increasing the number of highly talented artists in the long run. The long run impact on artistic creation of levies on copy equipment may crucially depend on whether their yields primarily accrue to superstars or are allocated to help young artists.

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  • Francisco Alcalá & Miguel González-Maestre, 2009. "Copying, Superstars, and Artistic Creation," Working Papers 0902, International Economics Institute, University of Valencia.
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    1. Alcala, Francisco & Gonzalez-Maestre, Miguel, 2005. "Artistic creation and intellectual property," MPRA Paper 1287, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 17 Dec 2006.
    2. Piolatto, Amedeo & Schuett, Florian, 2012. "Music piracy: A case of “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer”," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 30-39.
    3. Handke, Christian, 2012. "Digital copying and the supply of sound recordings," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 15-29.

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    Keywords

    artistic creation; superstars; private copy; piracy; levies;

    JEL classification:

    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media

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