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
Date Written: June 7, 2015
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
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