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Copyright term extension and orphan works


  • Hal R. Varian


This article examines three recent topics in copyright policy from an economic perspective: (i) term extensions, (ii) the orphan works problem, and (iii) mass digitization projects. Copyright term extensions will make it even more difficult to locate rights holders in the future than it is at present; however there are some recent legislative proposals to address this problem. Term extensions will also make finding works more difficult, but here mass digitization projects may be helpful. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • Hal R. Varian, 2006. "Copyright term extension and orphan works," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(6), pages 965-980, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:15:y:2006:i:6:p:965-980

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    1. Fabian Homberg & Marcella Favale & Martin Kretschmer & Dinusha Mendis & Davide Secchi, 2013. "Orphan works," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy, chapter 26, pages 299-308 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Müller-Langer, Frank & Scheufen, Marc, 2011. "The Google Book search settlement: A law and economics analysis," MPRA Paper 35705, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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