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A Comment: The 'Copyright Factors'

8 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2008  

Richard Watt

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

Abstract

In this paper, I have suggested the possibility of a simple calculation that returns a lower bound on the total contribution of copyright to GDP, once the groupings between the core, and unrelated activities has been made, but independently of the exact weights that should be assigned to the activities that are not in either of these two groups (i.e. those that remain in the related group). On the other hand, in order to do this it was necessary to take a particular definition of exactly what particular activities should be included in the related group (activities that, without having a copyright factor of 1, are on average at least as dependent upon copyright as is the economy as a whole). Thus, with a relatively low level of effort, one can get what appears to be quite an accurate, but still only intended as a rough estimate, answer to the question of exactly what is the total contribution of copyright to GDP.

Keywords: Copyright

Suggested Citation

Watt, Richard, A Comment: The 'Copyright Factors'. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 71-78, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1146189

Richard Watt (Contact Author)

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