The economics of copyright, parallel imports and piracy in the music recording industry

Papadopoulos, Theo (2002) The economics of copyright, parallel imports and piracy in the music recording industry. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

Australia has been at the forefront of trade-related copyright reform having, after almost a decade of debate and controversy, amended the import provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 to allow parallel imports of sound recordings. This thesis begins with an investigation of the economics of the music recording industry, encompassing the nature of demand and supply of sound recordings, profit maximising price strategies for a multi-product firm, and an investigation into the market structure and international distribution of sound recordings. This is followed by an investigation of the economics of copyright with respect to sound recordings and the evolution of international intellectual property rights law. This leads to a critical evaluation of the controversy surrounding the exhaustion of copyright and the case for copyright owner control over parallel imports.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15661
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
Current > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Current > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Keywords Music, Australia, Copyright, Sound recordings, intellectual property, music recordings, international piracy
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