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April 22, 2009

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Simon Deane-Johns

Laurence, Yasmin

I wonder how real the incentive effect is. I'm not sure it's been empirically tested, and maybe that's not even practicable. But doesn't the copyright licensing regime and contractual process also make it more expensive in time and money to distribute copyright works? If so, doesn't this raise barriers to (lawful) competition in distribution and therefore constrain the amount that creators of content can command for their work?

Isn't it copyright protection that has allowed the music industry to drag its feet in the face of technological advances that are more consumer-friendly?

Do you think these factors adequately accounted for in the balancing act?

Best
SDJ

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