14 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2015 Last revised: 13 Jul 2016
Date Written: June 12, 2016
In practice, copyright is treated by economists and analysts as a tradeoff between monopoly and the incentive to create new works. This tradeoff is between stark opposites – power and innovation. Yet, in reality, copyrighted works face numerous close substitutes. In this paper, we formally model copyright using an approach better suited to the nature of copyrighted works – a model of differentiated-goods competition. We discuss the consequences of improperly viewing copyright as monopoly. While theoretically formal, the paper is intended to inform public policy with respect to copyright and is thus presented in a way accessible to the non-economist.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, Copyright
JEL Classification: O34
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Beard, Thomas Randolph and Ford, George S. and Sorek, Gilad and Spiwak, Lawrence J., Reconsidering Copyright: A Spatial Model of Differentiated Competition and Infringement (June 12, 2016). TPRC 43: The 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2585748 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2585748