Hoffmann, Magnus and Schmidt, Frederik (2007): Piracy of Digital Products: A Contest Theoretical Approach.
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In the following, we examine a market of a digital consumption good with monopolistic supply. In this market, it is the ability of the consumer to bypass (”crack”) the copy-protection of the monopolist which induces a lower price of the digital good, compared to an uncontested monopoly (textbook case). We analyze the complex relationship between the cracking efforts of the consumer, the copy-protection efforts and the pricing decision of the monopolist, and the welfare of the economy. We find, for example, that the monopolist will deter piracy if the (exogenous) relative effectiveness of the consumer’s bypassing activity is low compared to the copy-protection technology. In this case welfare is lower than the welfare in the textbook case. On the contrary, welfare rises above the textbook case level if the relative effectiveness of cracking is sufficiently high.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz|
|Original Title:||Piracy of Digital Products: A Contest Theoretical Approach|
|Keywords:||Digital Products; Contests; Security of Property Rights; Endogenous Monopoly Price|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D42 - Monopoly
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C72 - Noncooperative Games
D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D23 - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
|Depositing User:||Magnus Hoffmann|
|Date Deposited:||21. May 2007|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 17:07|
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