The Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics (IDEA) at Carnegie Mellon University conducts research into timely public policy and managerial questions raised by the emergence of digital distribution channels for entertainment content.

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Michael Smith’s paper with Pedro Ferreira and Miguel Godinho de Matos is now available on Management Science articles in advance. In the paper we conduct a real-world experiment with a major telecommunications provider to analyze the effect of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services on digital piracy consumption. Our results show that “using legal SVoD to curtail piracy will require, at the minimum, offering content much earlier and at much lower prices than those currently offered in the marketplace, changes that are likely to reduce industry revenue and that may damage overall incentives to produce new content while, at the same time, curbing only a small share of piracy.” -November 22, 2017

Michael Smith was awarded the 2018 Carol and Bruce Mallen Award for Lifetime Published Scholarly Contributions in the Economics of the Motion Pictures Industry. – November 10, 2017

Rahul Telang attended a Copyright Seminar for the Global Intellectual Property Academy at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. -November 7, 2017

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