Book Review: The Economics of Copyright: Developments in Research and Analysis, by W. J. Gordon and R. Watt (Eds.)
Michael J. Rushton
Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 173-175, 2004
The ten papers in this book were first presented at the SERCI annual congress in Madrid in 2002. In her introduction to the volume, co-editor Wendy Gordon notes that the technology that enables us to preserve and make reproductions of creative works changes the entire cultural landscape, as it provides authors with a means of earning income from the general public as consumers, and not just from patronage appointments. This shift in the source of income will change the kind of works that are created. Importantly, "it was to harness the extra value enabled by technology that copyright was invented" (p. xviii). It is therefore appropriate that much of this valuable volume of new research on the economics of copyright is concerned with the response of copyright policy and market contractual arrangements to changing technology.
Keywords: The Economics of CopyrightAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 16, 2008
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