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Creative destruction and copyright protection: regulatory responses to file-sharing

By Bart Cammaerts and Bingchun Meng

Abstract

The DEA gets the balance between copyright enforcement and innovation wrong. The use of peer-to-peer technology should be encouraged to promote innovative applications. Focusing on efforts to suppress the use of technological advances and toprotect out-of-date business models will stifle innovation in this industry.Providing user-friendly, hassle-free solutions to enable users to download music legally at a reasonable price, is a much more effective strategy for enforcing copyright than a heavy-handed legislative and regulatory regime. Decline in the sales of physical copies of recorded music cannot be attributed solely to file-sharing, but should be explained by a combination of factors such as changing patterns in music consumption, decreasing disposable household incomes for leisure products and increasing sales of digital content through online platforms

Topics: HE Transportation and Communications, KD England and Wales, QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science, T201 Patents. Trademarks
Publisher: Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33905
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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