The Economics of User Generated Content and P2P: The Commons as the Enabler of Commerce.- Peer-to-Peer Media File Sharing: From Copyright Crisis to Market?.- The Economics of Peer-to-Peer.- The Implications of Video P2P on Network Usage.- Peer-to-Peer Video File Sharing: What Can We Learn From Consumer Behavior?.- College Students: The Rationale for P2P Video File Sharing.- Peer-to-Peer and User-Generated Content: Flash in the Pan or the Arrival of a New Storytelling Paradigm?.- A Survival Analysis of Albums on Ranking Charts.- Compulsory Licensing vs. Private Negotiations in Peer-to-Peer File Sharing.- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Proxy Battles over P2P Movie Sharing.- P2P Network Growth and Distribution in the EU.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks allow individuals to share digital content files in real time. They facilitate communication and promote community without hierarchy or strict control. This book applies economic principles to analyze and understand the P2P phenomenon. It also provides numerous contemporary examples from the US and around the world to shed light on the implications of P2P as a mass medium, considering such issues as pricing, licensing, security, and regulation.
Hot topic: P2P video is at the nexus of technology, media, culture, politics, economics, law, and business today
First comprehensive treatment of the topic: coverage from multiple points of view, with numerous contemporary examples
Combines incisive analysis with discussion of practical implications for business, media/communications management, and intellectual property law
Expert contributors on the front lines, including prominent academics, consultants, and practitioners from the U.S. and abroad