Wednesday 19 October 2011

Private Copying and Fair Compensation: An empirical study of copyright levies in Europe

Professor Martin Kretschmer has produced a report on the legal basis, rationale and economic effects of copyright levies as part of his ESRC Fellowship at the UK Intellectual Property Office. This research,"Private Copying and Fair Compensation: An empirical study of copyright levies in Europe" reports a large amount of new empirical data, including three product level studies of printer/scanners, portable music/video/game devices, and tablet computers. The relationship between VAT, levy tariffs and retail prices is analysed for 20 countries.

The report will be launched today, Wednesday, 19 October 2011, 16:00 – 20:00 at The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD along with a paper titled "Changing Business Models in the Creative Industries: The Cases of Television, Computer Games and Music" by Dr. Nicola Searle from the University of Abertay Dundee. Chaired by Professor Charlotte Waelde of the University of Exeter, with an introduction from Professor Birgitte Andersen, Director of the Big Innovation Centre, this event will provide an opportunity for copyright owners, technology companies, users and consumers, academics and policy makers to hear about and debate what this research means for UK policy making.

If you are interested in attending this event you need to register - please go to

More on Professor Kretschmer's paper can be found using the link below which also provides a link for a download of the full paper:

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