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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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Industry Initiatives and Institutional Remedies

This chapter presents industry initiatives to counter digital piracy and institutional remedies for the problem.

The term “industry” is used here to denote copyrights holders and refers to two types of associations: i) cross-sector associations that are devoted to combating counterfeiting and piracy, including digital piracy, and ii) sector associations in a given industry that, among other issues, deal with the problem of digital piracy.

The main cross-sector industry initiatives of important international dimension were outlined in the Phase I report of the OECD’s study on counterfeiting and piracy (OECD, 2008).1 These initiatives are devoted to combating counterfeiting and piracy, including digital piracy.

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