Online Copyright Enforcement, Consumer Behavior, and Market Structure

 Posted by on May 18, 2015  Comments Off on Online Copyright Enforcement, Consumer Behavior, and Market Structure
May 182015
 

EU flagAuthors: Luis Aguiar, Jörg Claussen, Christian Peukert

Abstract: Taking down copyright-infringing websites is a way to reduce consumption of pirated media content and increase licensed consumption. We analyze the consequences of the shutdown of the most popular German video streaming website – kino.to – in June 2011. Using individual-level clickstream data, we find that the shutdown led to significant but short-lived declines in piracy levels. The existence of alternative sources of unlicensed consumption, coupled with the rapid emergence of new platforms, led the streaming piracy market to quickly recover from the intervention and to limited substitution into licensed consumption. Continue reading »

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Standardisation in the Area of Innovation and Technological Development, Notably in the Field of Text and Data Mining

 Posted by on April 18, 2014  Comments Off on Standardisation in the Area of Innovation and Technological Development, Notably in the Field of Text and Data Mining
Apr 182014
 

TDM report coverReport prepared for the EC Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, prepared by an Expert Group chaired by Ian Hargreaves with members Lucie Guibault, Christian Handke, Peggy Valcke, Bertin Martens, and Ros Lynch, supported by Ros Lynch and Sergey Filippov.  The full report is available here (PDF), and the executive summary follows.

Text and data mining (TDM) is an important technique for analysing and extracting new insights and knowledge from the exponentially increasing store of digital data (‘Big Data’). It is important to understand the extent to which the EU’s current legal framework encourages or obstructs this new form of research and to assess the scale of the economic issues at stake. Continue reading »

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