This book examines the relationship between the legal extension of copyright duration as an enduring means of copyright protection and the growth of the UK book publishing industry as a typical creative industry reliant on copyright. The book draws on Schumpeter’s theory of creative destruction to analyse the implications of copyright law and policy on the book industry, in order to illustrate the dynamic interaction between copyright expansion and the growth of the creative industries.
The book reviews the historical development of UK copyright expansion as well as considering copyright in the digital age. It explores the legal and economic concerns over copyright protection in general, and the expansion of copyright duration in particular and using an innovative empirical method it explores whether the expansion of the duration of copyright promotes or precludes the growth of book publishing industry. It goes on to suggest changes to copyright policy which would have an impact on the economics of innovation in the creative industries.
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