10 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2008
Licensing of copyrighted material can contribute to welfare. But what fee is socially desirable fee? The owner's marginal cost of licensing is often near zero, but P = MC = 0 is arguably neither equitable nor an efficient incentive for further creative activity. Here two fee-setting approaches are described, assuming copyright rules are pre-established and determine the holder's earnings, absent licensing. One approach is Ramsey pricing, theoretically second best and able to preserve the copyholder's earnings. The second is 'parity pricing', as derived in the price-regulation literature, which can ensure effective free entry into commercial use of the licensed material.
Keywords: Copyright, Fees, Size
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Baumol, William J., The Socially Desirable Size of Copyright Fees. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 83-92, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1146195