Price Discrimination and Copyright Law: Evidence from the Introduction of DVDs

@inproceedings{Mortimer2004PriceDA,
  title={Price Discrimination and Copyright Law: Evidence from the Introduction of DVDs},
  author={Julie Holland Mortimer},
  year={2004}
}
This paper examines the welfare effects of intellectual property protection, accounting for firms’ optimal responses to legal environments. I examine firms’ use of indirect price discrimination in response to U.S. copyright law preventing direct price discrimination. Using data covering VHS and DVD movie distribution, I explain studios’ optimal pricing strategies under U.S. copyright law, and determine optimal pricing strategies under E.U. copyright law, which allows for direct price… CONTINUE READING

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