Copyright and Open Access for Academic Works

21 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2010

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Frank Mueller-Langer

University of the Bundeswehr Munich; Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; European Commission, Joint Research Center

Richard Watt

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

Date Written: June 30, 2010

Abstract

In a recent paper, Prof. Steven Shavell (see Shavell, 2009) has argued strongly in favor of eliminating copyright from academic works. Based upon solid economic arguments, Shavell analyses the pros and cons of removal of copyright and in its place to have a pure open access system, in which authors (or more likely their employers) would provide the funds that keep journals in business. In this paper we explore some of the arguments in Shavell’s paper, above all the way in which the distribution of the sources of journal revenue would be altered, and the feasible effects upon the quality of journal content. We propose a slight modification to a pure open access system which may provide for the best of both the copyright and open access worlds.

Keywords: Open Access, Academic Works, Effects of Removal of Copyrights

JEL Classification: K19, I23

Suggested Citation

Mueller-Langer, Frank and Watt, Richard, Copyright and Open Access for Academic Works (June 30, 2010). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 45-65, 2010, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition & Tax Law Research Paper No. 10-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1647586

Frank Mueller-Langer (Contact Author)

University of the Bundeswehr Munich ( email )

Munich
Germany

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Munich
Germany

European Commission, Joint Research Center

Seville
Spain

Richard Watt

University of Canterbury - Economics and Finance ( email )

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Christchurch
New Zealand

The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI) ( email )

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Palma de Mallorca, 08080
Spain

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