Fair Copyright Remuneration: The Case of Music Radio

17 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2011  

Richard Watt

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

Date Written: January 9, 2011

Abstract

The issue of what price should be set for the music input to radio broadcasts has been hotly debated recently in several countries, including USA, Canada and New Zealand. Since music is subject to copyright, this is an issue that is of great importance to the economics of copyright. The central point is the fact that, because of the economic efficiency that is gained by collective management and blanket licencing, the copyright holders in music are represented by a single bargaining unit. The ensuing monopoly power is often seen to be detrimental to social efficiency, and so in exchange for allowing the collective to form and operate, the price at which it grants access to its repertory is regulated. The regulated price should be set at a fair and equitable level. In this paper, the Shapley methodology is used to attempt to provide such a tariff.

Suggested Citation

Watt, Richard, Fair Copyright Remuneration: The Case of Music Radio (January 9, 2011). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 21-37, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1737449

Richard Watt (Contact Author)

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