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Is Europe Falling Behind in Data Mining? Copyright's Impact on Data Mining in Academic Research

26 Pages Posted: 23 May 2015 Last revised: 9 Jun 2015

Christian Handke

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of History and Arts

Lucie Guibault

Schulich School of Law; University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law

Joan-Josep Vallbé

Department of Political Science, University of Barcelona

Date Written: June 7, 2015

Abstract

This empirical paper discusses how copyright affects data mining (DM) by academic researchers. Based on bibliometric data, we show that where DM for academic research requires the express consent of rights holders: (1) DM makes up a significantly lower share of total research output; and (2) stronger rule-of-law is associated with less DM research. To our knowledge, this is the first time that an empirical study bears out a significant negative association between copyright protection and innovation.

Keywords: Data mining; copyright; academic research; innovation

JEL Classification: D23, K11, L86, O34

Suggested Citation

Handke, Christian and Guibault, Lucie and Vallbé, Joan-Josep, Is Europe Falling Behind in Data Mining? Copyright's Impact on Data Mining in Academic Research (June 7, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2608513 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2608513

Christian Handke (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of History and Arts ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
Rotterdam NL-3000 DR
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.eshcc.eur.nl/handke/

L. Guibault

Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law ( email )

Kloveniersburgwal 48
Amsterdam, 1012 CX
Netherlands

Joan-Josep Vallbé

Department of Political Science, University of Barcelona ( email )

Diagonal 684
Faculty of Law
Barcelona, Barcelona 08015
Spain

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