Copyright Term Extension and Orphan Works

Posted: 4 Apr 2008  

Hal R. Varian

University of California, Berkeley - School of Information; University of California, Berkeley - Operations and Information Technology Management Group; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

This article examines three recent topics in copyright policy from an economic perspective: (i) term extensions, (ii) the orphan works problem, and (iii) mass digitization projects. Copyright term extensions will make it even more difficult to locate rights holders in the future than it is at present' however there are some recent legislative proposals to address this problem. Term extensions will also make finding works more difficult, but here mass digitization projects may be helpful.

Suggested Citation

Varian, Hal R., Copyright Term Extension and Orphan Works (December 2006). Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 15, Issue 6, pp. 965-980, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1116430 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtl026

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