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Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Academic Authors, Copyright and Dissemination of Knowledge: A Comparative Overview

Bellia, MarcoAcademic Authors, Copyright and Dissemination of Knowledge: A Comparative Overview (Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper, No. 21-27), 2021, 20 pp. (together with Valentina Moscon).

This article examines how copyright law protect academics in the Italian, German, and US jurisdictions and how academic authors use copyright vis-à-vis intermediaries (i.e. universities and publishers). The analysis shows that many academics are dissatisfied with how copyright works in the research sector and although the debate on this issue has been ongoing for several years now, the solutions proposed so far have not led to satisfactory results. This article presents these solutions and touches on a possible alternative that holds the promise of a fairer and more efficient copyright scientific publishing industry.

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