Research Topics

Consumers are increasingly able to access a wide-variety of digital content in new and exciting ways. People all over the world enjoy films, TV shows, and music on the latest tablets and smartphones. While digital distribution is transforming creative industries, creative works are also fueling the growth of delivery platforms, applications, devices, and services. Ultimately, everyone benefits from this symbiotic relationship between technology and content.

But the new digital landscape also presents challenges for copyright owners. Unlimited copies of valuable works can now be created and disseminated over the Internet virtually cost-free. The global Internet also allows content to flow unrestrained over national borders.

This dynamic environment provides a backdrop for the research topics highlighted below.

Our goal is to develop new insights and innovative ways to think about copyright law and policy. We are interested in studies of U.S. practices, but also the experiences of other countries with legal systems reflecting unique societal and cultural factors. The 2015 research topics are:


Copyright and Economic Development:
Analysis of the impact of copyright laws on innovation, competition, and economic development, with reference to specific countries and/or geographical regions.

Growth of Creative Industries:
Analysis of factors that promote or hinder the growth of creative industries, accounting for different cultural influences and governmental regimes.

Digital Content:
Analysis of how content sales and licensing models have evolved in the digital environment, including the impact on consumers.

Notice and Takedown Regimes:
Empirical analyses of how notice and takedown procedures operate under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the U.S., or comparable systems in other parts of the world, including recommendations for increased effectiveness.