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 27: The effect of copyright law on access to works

Paul J. Heald

Abstract

Empirical research suggests strongly that copyright law—or at least excessive term length—has a negative effect on the public availability of works. Books, for example, become more available when they fall into the public domain. Also, follow-on works, such as audiobooks, are created at a higher rate after the underlying work falls into the public domain. In addition, for the most popular works, copyright is associated with significantly higher prices, which affects accessibility. Empirical evidence of other copyright-related market constraints is presented.

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