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Research: Piracy of Digital Content

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Piracy of Digital Content
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

You can find a PDF copy of the paper in its entirety here.

The book Piracy of Digital Content is a thorough review of digital content, the infringement of copyrighted content, and the difficulties that are produced to copyright owners and policy makers in combating piracy.

The book covers some key concepts for both those familiar with digital piracy and those just approaching the subject, including:

  • What constitutes digital piracy
  • Digital market characteristics
  • Factors that shape digital piracy
  • Industry response thus far

Additionally OECD has several recommendations for broadband development that they believe would “promote efficient and innovative supply arrangements,” including:

  • Effective competition and continued liberalization in infrastructure, network services and applications in the face of convergence across different technological platforms that supply broadband services and maintain transparent, non-discriminatory market policies.
  • Policies that encourage investment in new technological infrastructure, content and applications in order to ensure wide take-up.
  • Technologically neutral policy and regulation among competing and developing technologies to encourage interoperability, innovation and expand choice, taking into consideration that convergence of platforms and services requires the reassessment and consistency of regulatory frameworks.
  • Recognition of the primary role of the private sector in the expansion of coverage and the use of broadband, with complementary government initiatives that take care not to distort the market.
  • A culture of security to enhance trust in the use of ICT by business and consumers, effective enforcement of privacy and consumer protection, and more generally, strengthened cross-border co-operation between all stakeholders to reach these goals.
  • Both supply-based approaches to encourage infrastructure, content, and service provision and demand-based approaches, such as demand aggregation in sparsely populated areas, as a virtuous cycle to promote take-up and effective use of broadband services.
  • Policies that promote access on fair terms and at competitive prices to all communities, irrespective of location, in order to realize the full benefits of broadband services.
  • Assessment of the market-driven availability and diffusion of broadband services in order to determine whether government initiatives are appropriate and how they should be structured.
  • Regulatory frameworks that balance the interests of suppliers and users, in areas such as the protection of intellectual property rights and digital rights management without disadvantaging innovative e-business models.
  • Encouragement of research and development in the field of ICT for the development of broadband and enhancement of its economic, social and cultural effectiveness.

You can find a PDF copy of the paper in its entirety here.

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