Research and analysis

Private copying

Study on how four copyright industries have adopted private copying measures and whether product cost reflects a right to copy privately.

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Private copying

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Dataset: eBook

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Dataset: film

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Dataset: music

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Dataset: software

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Details

This study was commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office to collect data on whether and how four copyright industries - music, film, publishing and software - have (or not) adopted private copying measures, and on whether the price of the products in the UK reflect a right to private copying.

Authors: Roberto Camerani, Nicola Grassano, Diego Chavarro and Puay Tang.

The datasets

Books: 2,071 observations on books (534) and e-books (1,537) sold by five online retailers: Amazon, GooglePlay, iTunes, Kobo and Waterstones, selected according to top-100 sales and review lists.

Film: The dataset contains 3,515 products, which includes both digital films and films embedded in physical media (Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and VHS). The dataset also covers bundles, i.e. packages in which the same film is offered in multiple formats, and which may also include the possibility to download a digital copy of the film.

Music: The dataset consists of 18,958 observations including albums in several formats (digital files, CDs, Vinyl discs, audio cassettes, etc.). The analysis covers 17,272 albums and focused on digital albums and CDs (for which details on number of tracks were available).

Software: 1,008 observations across several types of software categorised by: operating systems, software for productivity, utilities, design & publishing, photography, music & audio, finance, and other software types.

Published 15 March 2013