Research report 2012 - Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Competition law as a means to develop copyright-related markets

Drexl, Josef
Max-Planck-Institut für Immaterialgüter- und Wettbewerbsrecht, München
Also poorer countries possess a large potential of creativity. To bring creative works from these countries to the market, it is not copyright alone that matters, but also competition law. Due to the large diversity of the markets, however, there is very little knowledge about the application of competition law to copyright-related markets. A survey of this practice shows that competition law may not only be applied with the objective of controlling anti-competitive use of the copyright by right-holders, but also as an element of a policy against copyright piracy.

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