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Piracy of Digital Content

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This book studies digital piracy - the infringement of copyrighted content (such as music, films, software, broadcasting, books, etc.) - where the end product does not involve the use of hard media, such as CDs and DVDs. It presents the unique economic properties of markets for pirated digital products, where the existence of a large number of suppliers willing to provide pirated content at virtually no cost poses new and difficult challenges to copyright owners and policy makers in combating that piracy. These economic features, together with rapid technological developments, create special and unique problems to policy makers and the large number of actors involved in different jurisdictions. This book also provides an illustrative, in-depth case study of the sports rights owners sector, highlighting how it is affected by digital piracy.

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Annex A

Legal Aspects of Copyrights and Their Infringement

This annex presents legal foundations for copyrights and discusses regulations that refer to copyright infringements.

In simple terms, the doing of an act in relation to a work may be an infringement of copyright in the work if it is an act that is within the exclusive rights of the copyright owner of the work.1 This concept applies to digital piracy in the same way, and to the same extent, as it applies to any other act of copyright infringement.

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