Exclusive content and platform competition in Latin America

Economic Research Working Paper No. 63

Auteur(s): Alexander Cuntz, Kyle Bergquist | Année de publication: 2020

Type de licence: La présente œuvre est cédée selon les clauses de la licence Creative Commons Paternité 3.0 IGO

Platforms often compete over non-price strategies such as the exclusive distribution of products. But these strategies are not always welfare-enhancing. Using rich data on audiovisuals distributed on platforms in Brazil, we find that non-exclusive distribution and availability of titles across platforms is more effective in deterring online piracy than in the single homing case. Moreover, in certain markets (TVOD), it induces higher average investment in the production of new titles upstream. We discuss options of copyright and antitrust policies in the light of these findings.

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