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Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy

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National Research Council, Committee on the Impact of Copyright Policy on Innovation in the Digital Era, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy; Policy and Global Affairs, Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy (2013) (full-text).

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This report examines a range of questions regarding copyright policy by using a variety of methods, such as case studies, international and sectoral comparisons, and experiments and surveys. This report is especially critical in light of digital age developments that may, for example, change the incentive calculus for various actors in the copyright system, impact the costs of voluntary copyright transactions, pose new enforcement challenges, and change the optimal balance between copyright protection and exceptions.

This report call on federal agencies and foundations to support a broad range of empirical research studies to contribute to the comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law recommended by Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallente, and announced April 24, 2013 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The report also urges the federal government to consider instituting two regular, systematic surveys — one of businesses on their acquisition and use of intellectual property of all types and the other of consumers to understand how digital content is created and used.

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