Exploring a Better Design of Copyright Law

26 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2018

Date Written: December 30, 2017


This study proposes a simulation model aimed at exploring how copyright law should be designed; that is, a desirable combination of copyright length and breadth. The model incorporates the specific properties of creative industries but is hard to deal with analytically because of its dynamic characteristics. Changes in social welfare under different copyright designs are thus examined by using numerical simulation. The simulation results reveal that a short and narrow copyright is the best, whereas a long and broad copyright is the worst. Moreover, in the long run, a long copyright can reduce social welfare even if the breadth is narrow.

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Kinukawa, Shinya, Exploring a Better Design of Copyright Law (December 30, 2017). Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 2017, 14(1/2), 55-80. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3113227

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