Reducing copyright piracy using entrepreneurial intermediary platforms

Kristie Briggs (Department of Economics & Finance, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Joshua Eiermann (Department of Economics & Finance, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Thomas Hodgson (Department of Economics & Finance, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Elizabeth McNamara (Department of Economics & Finance, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA)

Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

ISSN: 2045-2101

Publication date: 14 October 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of intermediary platforms, such as Pandora and Spotify, in reducing piracy of digital music.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors modify a predator-prey theoretical framework of copyright piracy to account for the impact of intermediary platforms on the consumption of original works and illegal copies.

Findings

The theory shows that an increase in the number of legal alternative platforms available to consumers of digital music results in an unambiguous increase in the consumption of legitimate music and an unambiguous decrease in the consumption of unauthorized copies.

Practical implications

The results suggest that policies to encourage entrepreneurship by intermediary platforms in the music industry serve as a complement to other policies currently being employed to combat piracy of digital music.

Originality/value

The paper is the first of its kind to analyze the important role of intermediary platforms in reducing piracy of digital music while encouraging innovation by artists. Historically, entrepreneurship in this field has been controversial, given the gray areas surrounding what is and is not copyright infringement in the ever-evolving digital age. This paper highlights that once copyright laws are clearly defined, business growth in this area can be a highly effective solution to the piracy problem.

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Acknowledgements

JEL Classifications — O30, O34, L24

The authors would like to thank anonymous referees for their helpful comments and suggestions.

Citation

Briggs, K., Eiermann, J., Hodgson, T. and McNamara, E. (2014), "Reducing copyright piracy using entrepreneurial intermediary platforms", Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 306-316. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEPP-05-2013-0019

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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