Digitization, Copyright, and the Flow of New Music Products

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Copyright protection grants creators monopolies - with their attendant harms - in order to provide incentives for continued creation. File sharing, which exploded with Napster's appearance in 1999, effectively weakened copyright protection. Researchers have documented depressing effects of file sharing on demand, but what is arguably more important are the possibly curtailed incentives to bring new creative products to market. At the same time that technological change has weakened effective copyright protection, other innovations have reduced the costs of production, promotion, and distribution, making it unclear how recent technological changes, on balance, would affect the flow of new music products. This chapter reviews the emerging evidence on the quality and service flow of new recorded music products since Napster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Economics of Art and Culture
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameHandbook of the Economics of Art and Culture
ISSN (Print)1574-0676

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  • Copyright protection
  • File sharing
  • Napster
  • Technological change and cost reduction


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