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iTunes Case Study - Overview and Summary of Conclusions



In the iTunes Case Study, the Berkman Center’s Digital Media Project Team has analyzed Apple’siTunes Online Music Store (iTMS), which has become the pacesetter in the digital mediamarketplace. The study covers a broad range of issues and includes, among other things,

• an analysis of the complex interactions between copyright law, contract law, digital rightsmanagement schemes and business modeling processes;
• a comparative law analysis of the critical legal issues in the digital media debate in Europe,Japan, and China;
• a tentative assessment of the (potential) impacts of the digital music store model on keyplayers in the digital media marketplace.

The following overview focuses on the comparative law analysis on the one hand and the impactassessment on the other hand, and summarizes some of the key findings.