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Efficiency Considerations in Copyright Protection

17 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2008  

Marcel Boyer

CIRANO, Université de Monréal

Abstract

Many countries are revisiting their Copyright law in the light of new communication and information technologies, which make possible the generalized digitization of copyrighted material and in so doing hallenge the protection and enforcement of copyrights. As the laws are modified to adapt to this new environment, the foundations of copyright have been questioned. I claim here that the affirmation and protection of a strong and transparent copyright framework is a second best efficient institutional arrangement to foster cultural development and diversity and promote the emergence of new market-like institutions reducing the costs of transactions between creators and users.

Keywords: Copyright, Efficiency

Suggested Citation

Boyer, Marcel, Efficiency Considerations in Copyright Protection. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol.1, Iss. 2, pp. 11-27, 2004 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1145891

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