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Copyright and Open Access for Academic Works

  • Müller-Langer, Frank
  • Watt, Richard

In a recent paper, Prof. Steven Shavell (see Shavell, 2009) has argued strongly in favor of eliminating copyright from academic works. Based upon solid economic arguments, Shavell analyses the pros and cons of removal of copyright and in its place to have a pure open access system, in which authors (or more likely their employers) would provide the funds that keep journals in business. In this paper we explore some of the arguments in Shavell’s paper, above all the way in which the distribution of the sources of journal revenue would be altered, and the feasible effects upon the quality of journal content. We propose a slight modification to a pure open access system which may provide for the best of both the copyright and open access worlds.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 24095.

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Date of creation: 24 Jun 2010
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues 7.1(2010): pp. 45-65
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:24095
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