Competition issues on access to databases for the provision of directory information services in the EU

  • Richards P
  • 3

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 1

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of regulatory intervention in the pricing of access to directory information databases across the EU. Disputes over the terms of access have resulted in conflicting outcomes. Pricing solutions include: usage based pricing; a cost partition according to the number of records taken; pricing by the volume of sales to end-users; or simply free access to the database. The paper argues first, that databases have the essential characteristics of public goods which precludes unfettered competition in their provision. Secondly, there is no pricing solution which will simultaneously achieve economic efficiency, stimulate downstream competition, maintain reasonable intellectual property rights, and cover the costs of the provider of the database itself. Trade-offs therefore need to be made. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Access pricing
  • Core database
  • Directory information services
  • Effective competition
  • Intellectual property rights

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • Paul Richards

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free