Unauthorized file-sharing and the pricing of digital content

Koji Domon*, Naoto Yamazaki

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper considers the effects on pricing of digital content from unauthorized file-sharing. Producers must not only consider copyright protection, but also the effect on transaction costs from unauthorized file-sharing. That is, less supply caused by a higher price makes the transaction costs higher due to the difficulty for consumers to find a file they desire. We examine a criterion as to whether this situation makes a monopoly price higher or not.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-184
Number of pages6
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov


  • Copyright
  • File-sharing
  • Illegal copy
  • Intellectual property right

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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