Review of Law & Economics, 7, 271-289
19 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2010 Last revised: 11 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 10, 2012
Since 2005, all the teachings of the Pope have been copyrighted. Given that it is a tenet of the church to spread the faith and teach all people, this would seem at odds with any restrictions on access. Yet the Catholic Church is by no means an exception, and other religions have likewise resorted to copyright. This paper presents a simple model to attempt to rationalize the exercise of copyright by a religious organization. The analysis also provides more general insights concerning the workings of copyright, which appears to function more like a right to levy a tax than like a right to set a monopoly price, as currently believed.
Keywords: Copyright, Religion, Royalties, Taxation
JEL Classification: K11, D23, D43, D45
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Marchese, Carla and Ramello, Giovanni Battista, In the Beginning Was the Word - Now is the Copyright (October 10, 2012). Review of Law & Economics, 7, 271-289. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1544171