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Il diritto d'autore nella prospettiva "law and economics"


  • Giovanni Ramello


This article examines the economic nature and effects of copyright law. Applying the so-called method of law and economics, it attempts to balance the positive effect on authors' creativity as an economic incentive with the costs of granting an exclusive right - that is to say a legal monopoly - to competitors in the market. The results show that if all the dynamic consequences of copyright are taken into account - that is to say the effect of changing market structure and behaviours of economic agents - the efficiency of the copyright can be questioned and this evidence suggests a cautious attitude in extending it.

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  • Giovanni Ramello, 2003. "Il diritto d'autore nella prospettiva "law and economics"," Economia della Cultura, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 2, pages 207-218.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:jkrece:doi:10.1446/8849:y:2003:i:2:p:207-218

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