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In the Beginning Was the Word. Now is the Copyright

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  • Marchese Carla

    (Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS, Università del Piemonte Orientale)

  • Ramello Giovanni B.

    (Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS, Università del Piemonte Orientale)

Abstract

Since 2005, all of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Pope have been copyrighted. Given that it is a tenet of the church to spread the faith and teach all people, this would seem at odds with any restrictions on access. Yet the Catholic Church is by no means an exception, and other religions have likewise resorted to copyright. This paper presents a simple model to attempt to rationalize the exercise of copyright by a religious organization. The analysis also provides more general insights concerning the workings of copyright, which appears to function more like a right to levy a tax than like a right to set a monopoly price, as currently believed.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Law & Economics.

Volume (Year): 7 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 271-289

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  1. Marchese, Carla & Ramello, Giovanni B., 2010. "In the beginning was the Word. Now is the Copyright," POLIS Working Papers 140, Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS.

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