Copyright and Creativity. Evidence from Italian Opera During the Napoleonic Age

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Michela Giorcelli

University of California - Los Angeles; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Petra Moser

NYU Stern Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

This paper exploits exogenous variation in the adoption of copyrights — as a result of the timing of Napoléon's military victories in Italy — to examine the effects of copyrights on creativity. To measure changes in creative output we compare changes in the creation of new operas across states with and without copyrights. Difference-in-differences analyses show that basic copyrights increased both the number and the quality of operas, measured by their popularity and durability. Notably, there is no evidence of comparable benefits for extensions in copyright lengths. Complementary analyses for other types of musical compositions confirm the main results.

Keywords: code civil, Copyright, Creativity, institutions, Intellectual Property, Napoleon, opera

Suggested Citation

Giorcelli, Michela and Moser, Petra, Copyright and Creativity. Evidence from Italian Opera During the Napoleonic Age (March 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP14498. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3560306

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