The Past and the Future of the Economics of Copyright

21 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2008  

Richard Watt

University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance; The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI)

Abstract

The economics of copyright as such has certainly come of age. About 70 years has passed since the very first time that economists gave serious thought to the copyright system, although it has been only during the last 20 years that the literature has flourished. In this paper an overview of the general topic of the economics of copyright is given, and the areas that have already be touched upon are discussed. Then, a speculative answer is attempted to the question of what the near future will hold.

Keywords: copyright

Suggested Citation

Watt, Richard, The Past and the Future of the Economics of Copyright. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 151-171, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1143022

Richard Watt (Contact Author)

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