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The Economics of Copyright and Digitisation

The Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property (SABIP) have published a report this week entitled “The Economics of Copyright and Digitisation: A Report on the Literature and the Need for Further Research” .

The report undertakes a critical overview of the theoretical and empirical economic literature on copyright and unauthorised copying.

This report highlights two issues which are in particular need of further research in order to inform copyright policy:

  • How does digital copying affect the supply of copyright works?
  • Does the copyright system entail obstacles to desirable aspects of technological transition?

On the issue of copyright and digitisation the report states:  It is certain that digitisation will continue to alter the cost structure and demand for many copyright works and that new related products and services will emerge.

The full report is available to download.

SABIP would be grateful to receive any feedback you may have on the report.

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