The Economics, Policy, and Culture of Today's New Mass Medium
Noam, Eli M., Pupillo, Lorenzo (Eds.)
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Hot topic: Peer-to-Peer (P2P) video is at the nexus of technology, media, culture, politics, economics, law, and business
First comprehensive treatment of the topic: features 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
Features expert contributors on the front lines, including prominent academics, consultants, and practitioners from America and elsewhere
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is a communication structure in which individuals interact directly, without going through a centralized system. The implications of this architecture go far beyond the technological realm; the ability of individuals to share digital content files, including audio and video material, in real time, facilitates communication and, at a deeper cultural level, promotes community without hierarchy or strict control. As Eli Noam, Lorenzo Pupillo, and their colleagues demonstrate in this timely and incisive volume, P2P has permeated all facets of society, from YouTube and music downloading experiments on college campuses to international policy debates over intellectual property rights. Peer-to-Peer Video is the first book to apply economic principles to analyze and understand the P2P phenomenon, considering such topics as "consumer demand and the commons" and "file sharing and the copyright crisis." Moreover, the authors, who include scholars, consultants, and industry executives, provide numerous contemporary examples from the U.S. and around the world to shed light on P2P as a mass medium, exploring such issues as pricing, licensing, security, and regulation. The result is provocative commentary on a slice of popular culture that will interest scholars and students, policymakers, media industry professionals, and general readers alike.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Copyright - Digital Rights Management (DRM) - Download - File Sharing - Information Security - Information Technology - Mass Media - Media Law - Media Management - Media Policy - Networks - Peer - Peer-to-Peer (P2P) - Proxy - currentdev
Peer-to-Peer: Economics.- The Economics of User Generated Content and Peer-to-Peer: The Commons as the Enabler of Commerce.- Peer-to-Peer Media File Sharing: From Copyright Crisis to Market?.- The Economics of Peer-to-Peer.- Peer-to-Peer: Market and Technology.- The Implications of Video Peer-to-Peer on Network Usage.- Peer-to-Peer Video File Sharing: What Can We Learn From Consumer Behavior?.- College Students: The Rationale for Peer-to-Peer 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.- Characteristics and Potentials of YouTube: A Measurement Study.- YouTube and Its Mobile Distributing Consumer Media Venturing.- Peer-to-Peer: Policy.- Compulsory Licensing v. Private Negotiations in Peer-to-Peer File Sharing.- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Proxy Battles over Peer-to-Peer Movie Sharing.- Peer-to-Peer Network and the Distribution in the EU.