Competition with clone: an analysis of the role of illegal copy

  • Jhung-Soo Hong
  • Jae-Cheol Kim


The efficiency of a market depends on the amount of information about products available to buyers. However, an information goods market is not an efficient market because information goods are mostly experience goods. We suggest that illegal copying can be an efficient information channel to account for the problem. We also suggest that partially enforced copyright protection may encourage the competition between the original information goods and illegally copied goods that benefits not only customers but also producers.


Illegal copy Intellectual property right Information asymmetry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SKT Holdings AmericaMenlo ParkUSA
  2. 2.Business SchoolKorea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologySeoulKorea

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