Artistic Creation and Intellectual Property: A Professional Career Approach

40 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2012

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Francisco Alcalá

Universidad de Murcia. Facultad de Economia y Empresa

Miguel González‐Maestre

University of Murcia, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economic Analysis

Date Written: Fall 2012

Abstract

Reaching high levels of artistic creation in a society requires institutions that facilitate the sorting of the most talented individuals of each generation and the development of their skills throughout the artistic career. The impact of long copyrights is not straightforward in this respect. This paper takes a professional career approach to analyzing how copyright regulation affects artistic creation. It does so within an overlapping‐generations model of artists. Long copyrights increase superstar market concentration and can reduce the number of young artists being able to pursue artistic careers. As a result, in the long run, excessively long copyrights can reduce artistic creation, the average talent of artists, and social welfare.

Suggested Citation

Alcalá, Francisco and González‐Maestre, Miguel, Artistic Creation and Intellectual Property: A Professional Career Approach (Fall 2012). Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 633-672, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2100702 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-9134.2012.00338.x

Francisco Alcalá (Contact Author)

Universidad de Murcia. Facultad de Economia y Empresa ( email )

Campus de Espinardo
Espinardo, Murcia 30100
Spain
34-868883767 (Phone)
34-868883758 (Fax)

Miguel González‐Maestre

University of Murcia, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economic Analysis ( email )

Campus de Espinardo
30100 Murcia
Spain

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