Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law
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Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law

Vol 1: Theory Vol 2: Analytical Methods

Edited by Ben Depoorter, Peter Menell and David Schwartz

Both law and economics and intellectual property law have expanded dramatically in tandem over recent decades. This field-defining two-volume Handbook, featuring the leading legal, empirical, and law and economics scholars studying intellectual property rights, provides wide-ranging and in-depth analysis both of the economic theory underpinning intellectual property law, and the use of analytical methods to study it.
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Chapter 23: Empirical studies of copyright registration

Dotan Oliar


This chapter reviews the nascent empirical literature on copyright registrations at the U.S. Copyright Office. In one body of work, scholars explored patterns of use of the copyright system. Individuals and corporations tend to register different types of works, of different published status, at different rates, times and locations. Individual authors of different races, genders and ages similarly tend to register different types of works at different rates. In a second body of work, noisy registration data were used to measure the effect of various statutory revisions and court precedents on creativity. The chapter discusses the promise and challenges of using registration data to guide copyright law reform.

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