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 25: Music copyright

Peter DiCola


This chapter discusses the multiple empirical methods that have been and should continue to be used to study music copyright. It begins by explaining why music copyright stands out as a unique field within copyright law and the degree to which music copyright represents a tailored legal regime. It then explains the motivation for employing research methods beyond quantitative studies of observational data, focusing on the scarcity of data. The heart of the chapter surveys a range of sources, from popular-press books about the music industry and music-industry histories to interview and survey-based academic studies. Finally, looking forward, the chapter advocates a multifaceted methodological approach to the many questions that remain open regarding music copyright as a result of technological change, business innovation, and legal reforms.

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