Category Economics

New Research on Impact of Copyright Monitoring on E-Book Sales to Be Presented at Conference

In what I think is becoming an annual tradition, I’m pleased to announce that we will be adding a new academic research presentation to the agenda at Copyright and Technology NYC 2017. Prof. Imke Reimers of Northeastern University in Boston will present a paper called “Can Private Copyright Protection Be Effective? Evidence from Book Publishing,” […]

Forbes: Music Revenue Figures Show Industry Running In Place

My latest column in Forbes is an analysis of the U.S. recorded music revenue figures for 2015 that the RIAA released last week.  Total revenues are $7 Billion – a figure that has remained almost exactly the same for six years now. This would suggest that $7 Billion is the amount that the American public […]

Forbes: Is Ad Blocking the New Piracy?

My latest column in Forbes takes the Apple’s decision to add ad-blocking primitives to iOS 9 as an occasion to look at the fast-growing phenomenon blocking ads in web browsers, and specifically to compare it to online copyright infringement. Both developments lead to revenue losses for content publishers.  Both are occasioned by technological tools that […]

That Old Question Again

So, did going DRM-free help or hinder sales of music downloads? Here’s what the actual numbers show.

Dispatches from IDPF Digital Book 2014, Pt. 2: Public Libraries

Some hints about libraries’ actual value to publishers in driving e-book sales.

National Academies Calls for Hard Data on Digital Copyright

The new booklet Copyright in the Digital Era should be required reading for everyone involved in copyright policy.

Ad Networks Adopt Notice-and-Takedown for Ads on Pirate Sites

A set of voluntary best practices for removing ads from websites that offer infringing content. How effective will it be?