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Digital Rights Management and the Pricing of Digital Products

Digital products such as movies, music and computer software are protected both by self-help measures such as encryption and copy controls, and by the legal right to prevent copying. We explore how digital rights management and other technical protections a®ect the pricing of content, and consequently, why content users, content vendors, and antitrust authorities might have di®erent views on what technical capabilities should be deployed. We discuss the potential for \collusion through technology."

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Paper provided by NET Institute in its series Working Papers with number 04-09.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 30 Sep 2004
Date of revision: Oct 2004
Handle: RePEc:net:wpaper:0409
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