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Peer-to-Peer Video : The Economics, Policy, and Culture of Today's New Mass Medium - Eli M. Noam

Peer-to-Peer Video

The Economics, Policy, and Culture of Today's New Mass Medium

By: Eli M. Noam (Editor), Lorenzo Maria Pupillo (Editor)

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Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks are comprised of equal "nodes" that function as both clients and servers, as opposed to systems in which data and information are managed through centralized servers. 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 the implications of P2P as a mass medium, considering 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.

Introduction
Peer-to-Peer: Economicsp. 1
The Economics of User Generated Content and Peer-to-Peer: The Commons as the Enabler of Commercep. 3
Peer-to-Peer Media File Sharing: From Copyright Crisis to Market?p. 15
The Economics of Peer-to-Peerp. 43
Peer-to-Peer: Market and Technologyp. 93
The Implications of Video Peer-to-Peer on Network Usagep. 95
Peer-to-Peer Video File Sharing: What Can We Learn From Consumer Behavior?p. 129
College Students: The Rationale for Peer-to-Peer Video File Sharingp. 149
Peer-to-Peer and User Generated Content: Flash in the Pan or the Arrival of a New Storytelling Paradigm?p. 163
A Survival Analysis of Albums on Ranking Chartsp. 181
Characteristics and Potentials of YouTube: A Measurement Studyp. 205
YouTube and Its Mobile Distributing Consumer Media Venturingp. 219
Peer-to-Peer: Policyp. 231
Compulsory Licensing v. Private Negotiations in Peer-to-Peer File Sharingp. 233
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Proxy Battles over Peer-to-Peer Movie Sharingp. 251
Peer-to-Peer Network Growth and Distribution in the EUp. 265
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780387764498
ISBN-10: 0387764496
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 307
Published: 20th August 2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.43