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The Impact of Copyright Exceptions for Researchers on Scholarly Output

21 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2017  

Mike Palmedo

American University - Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property; American University

Date Written: December 2017

Abstract

Surveys of scholars in the science and health fields have identified high journal prices to be one of many impediments to the writing and publishing of new works. One possible solution to this problem is the expansion of copyright exceptions that allow unauthorized access to copyrighted works for the purpose of conducting further research. This paper tests the link between copyright exceptions for researchers and the publishing output of health and science scholars at the country-subject level, using data on change in copyright law from the PIJIP Copyright User Rights database. It finds that scientists residing in countries that implement more robust research exceptions to copyright published more papers and books in subsequent years. It further finds that greater access to the internet has expanded scholarly output without diminishing the role of copyright exceptions. This paper hypothesizes that research exceptions should carry greater weight in the Global South, but the data does not support this.

Keywords: copyright, research, user rights, science

JEL Classification: O31, O34, K11, D83

Suggested Citation

Palmedo, Mike, The Impact of Copyright Exceptions for Researchers on Scholarly Output (December 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3090022

Mike Palmedo (Contact Author)

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United States

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