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Copyright enforcement in the digital era

by Amit Gayer, Oz Shy
CESifo Economic Studies ()
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We analyze how the introduction of digital technologies for storing and distributing information affects the incentives to enforce copyrights protection. We first characterize the conditions under which the change from non-digital to digital distribu- tion may enhance or reduce profits. Secondly, we analyze how profits are changed by the introduction of peer-to-peer digital distribution channels via the Internet. Lastly, we discuss some potential conflicts of interest among information creators, publishers, and attorneys. (JEL L86, O34)

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