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Intellectual Property and Optimal Copyright Protection


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  • Koboldt, Christian
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    This paper develops a simple model that allows to analyze the rationale for the protection of intellectual property and to derive the conditions that an optimal form of protection has to meet. It is shown that not only a reason for the limitation of intellectual property rights does exist, but that efficient copyright protection must also be above a minimum level of protection. Furthermore, it is argued that even optimum copyright protection will not produce a first best solution, such that there is room for a comparative institutional analysis of different institutional arrangements that address the basic problem of providing incentives for the production of information goods. -- In diesem Beitrag wird anhand eines einfachen Modells gezeigt, warum der Schutz geistigen Eigentums notwendig ist, und welchen Bedingungen ein optimaler Urheberrechtsschutz zu genügen hat. Dabei zeigt sich, daß es nicht nur Gründe für eine Beschränkung des Schutzniveaus gibt, sonder auch für einen "Mindestschutz". Zudem wird deutlich, daß mit einem Urheberrechtsregime niemals eine first-best Lösung erzielt werden kann. Daraus ergibt sich, daß eine Beurteilung der Vor- und Nachteile eines urheberrechtlichen Schutzes zur Förderung der Produktion von Informationsgütern einen Vergleich mit anderen institutionellen Arrangements erfordert.

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    Paper provided by Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics in its series CSLE Discussion Paper Series with number 95-01.

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    Date of creation: 1995
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:csledp:9501

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    Keywords: intellectual property; copyright protection; information goods;

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    1. Besen, Stanley M & Kirby, Sheila Nataraj, 1989. "Private Copying, Appropriability, and Optimal Copying Royalties," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 32(2), pages 255-80, October.
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