Archive for March 22nd, 2011

The Truth About Pirates and Profits: A Market Failure, Not Legal One

Trademark and copyright holders frequently characterize piracy as a legal failure, arguing that tougher laws and increased enforcement are needed to stem infringing activity. But my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that a new global study on piracy, backed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre, comes to a different conclusion. Following several years of independent investigation in six emerging economies, the report concludes that piracy is chiefly a product of a market failure, not a legal one.

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March 22, 2011 17 comments Columns

Canadian Backed Report Says Piracy a Market Failure, Not Legal One

Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 20, 2011 as Canadian-backed report says music, movie, and software piracy is a market failure, not a legal one Trademark and copyright holders frequently characterize piracy as a legal failure, arguing that tougher laws and increased enforcement are needed to stem infringing activity. […]

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March 22, 2011 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

U.S. Paper Says No Decline in New Music In Napster Age

A new paper by Joel Waldfogel, an economist at the University of Minnesota and NBER, finds no evidence that Napster and P2P have resulted in a reduction in recorded music or new artists coming to market.  The study also finds that independent music labels are playing an increasingly important role […]

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March 22, 2011 9 comments Must Reads

LSE Study Says P2P Should Be Encouraged to Promote Innovation

The London School of Economic Media Policy Project has released a new study that criticizes recent UK reforms for failing to strike the right balance between copyright enforcement and innovation. The report finds that P2P should be encouraged to promote innovative applications and that offering user-friendly, fairly priced services is […]

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March 22, 2011 1 comment Must Reads