Forever Minus a Day? Theory and Empirics of Optimal Copyright Term

May 14, 2008 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Rufus Pollock is an economist at Cambridge University, and was elected to the 3 year Mead Research Fellowship in Economics at Emmanuel College in October 2007. The present focus of his research is on innovation and IP, with particular attention to open models of innovation. Other areas of particular interest include two-sided/platform industries (e.g. Operating Systems, Search Engines), and research on happiness and well-being. More information about his economics research can be found in the economics section of his website.

In addition to his purely academic endeavors he is also involved in a variety of other projects and organizations, mainly in the area of digital rights and open knowledge. In particular there’s: The Open Knowledge Foundation and associated projects such as: KnowlegeForge, Open Shakespeare, Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN), Open Economics, The Open Rights Group, What is To be Done.
Rufus Pollock discusses his latest paper.

A Companion paper contains some of the other material from the original single Optimal Copyright paper. It is entitled:

"Optimal Copyright Over Time: Technological Change and the Stock of Works"

It can be downloaded from:

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