The Sharing Economy and the Platform-User-Provider ‘PUP Model’: Analytical Legal Frameworks

Juan Diaz-Granados Prieto, Benedict Sheehy

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The sharing economy and related platform technologies have disrupted work, consumption and business in ways unimaginable even a decade ago. Creating great wealth and opportunity for some, it has equally undermined job security and safety for many others. One challenge for regulators, legal advisors and scholars has been developing a rigorous analytical model for these related phenomena. We present a first comprehensive legal framework for distinguishing and analyzing the various components and their interrelationships. We develop our analysis on the basis of contract law and property rights, providing a delimitation within the sharing economy and platform technologies based on legal categories. Our approach provides a foundation for analytical rigor that has been absent to date.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalFordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2020


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