Title

Fair Use Markets: On Weighing Potential License Fees

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2011

ISSN

0016-8076

Publisher

George Washington University

Language

en-US

Abstract

Justice Breyer began his classic article, The Uneasy Case for Copyright, with a line from Lord Macaulay, that copyright is "'a tax on readers for the purpose of giving a bounty to writers.'" Our society and its law values both writers and readers; the law cannot favor one side too much without losing some of the benefits the other side could have contributed. Make reading expensive and it will decrease, and readers might substitute less socially productive behaviors to take its place.

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Symposium Celebrating the Fourteenth Anniversary of Justice Breyer's Article: The Uneasy Case for Copyright: Supporting Creativity and its Dissemination: Alternative Ends, Alternative Means

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