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An Economic Analysis of Copyright Law
INTELLECTUAL property is a natural field for economic analysis of law,1 and copyright is an important form of intellectual property. Yet while there are good introductions to the economics ofExpand
Copyright Protection of Letters, Diaries, and Other Unpublished Works: An Economic Approach
  • W. Landes
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Legal Studies
  • 1 January 1992
ONE Of the more controversial questions in copyright law today concerns the proper scope of protection for unpublished works, such as letters, diaries, journals, reports, or drafts that the copyrightExpand
An Economic Analysis of the Courts
  • W. Landes
  • Political Science, Economics
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
  • 1 April 1971
IN the folklore of criminal justice a popular belief is that the accused will have his case decided in a trial. Empirical evidence does not support this belief. Table 1 indicates that most cases areExpand
The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law
Introduction 1. The Economic Theory of Property 2. How to Think about Copyright 3. A Formal Model of Copyright 4. Basic Copyright Doctrines 5. Copyright in Unpublished Works 6. Fair Use, Parody, andExpand
Trademark Law: An Economic Perspective
THAT the law of intellectual property, including trademark law, can be analyzed in economic terms is no longer an insight with any power to astonish or even to offend.1 What the literature thus farExpand
The Independent Judiciary in an Interest-Group Perspective
We believe that at a deeper level the independent judiciary is not only consistent with, but essential to, the interest-group theory of government. Part I of this paper explains our theory of theExpand
Optimal Sanctions for Antitrust Violations
Although economic analysis of the common law, crime, and legal decision making are relatively recent areas of research in the field of law and economics, economic analysis of antitrust, particularlyExpand
Legal Precedent: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis
The use of precedents to create rules of legal obligation has, to our knowledge, received little theoretical or empirical analysis. This paper presents and tests empirically an economic approach toExpand
Indefinitely Renewable Copyright
In this paper we raise questions concerning the widely accepted proposition that economic efficiency requires that copyright protection be limited in its duration (often shorter than the currentExpand