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Copyright Protection in the Digital Single Market: Potential Consequences for Content Platform Competition

Frank Stähler () and Leander Stähler ()
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Leander Stähler: KU Leuven

Review of Industrial Organization, 2022, vol. 61, issue 1, No 4, 73-94

Abstract: Abstract This paper scrutinizes the effects of the European Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market on platform competition. Platforms that are online content-sharing service providers must have a license agreement with collective management organizations that control the content platform that users may – or must not – upload to the platform. The paper shows that the new directive may imply market concentration and an aggregate welfare loss. The reason is that only users of the large platform (in a dual platform setting) will be allowed to upload content if the content assets are sufficiently valuable and if network effects are strong.

Keywords: Copyright protection; IPRs; Content platforms; Digital services (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D43 F12 L86 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11151-022-09866-x

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