Today, PIJIP released new research on the impact of copyright balance. The release was announced at the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. The research finds that balanced copyright policies in other countries have had positive effects on net income, total sales, and value-added by foreign affiliates of U.S. firms. More generally, it finds that increases in PIJIP’s “openness score” are associated with higher revenues in the information sector, without harming traditional copyright-intensive industries.

This builds on previous research that has illustrated the benefits of fair use in the U.S., where fair use industries represent 16% of annual GDP and employ 18 million American workers. One study found that the U.S. would lose 425,000 jobs and $44 billion in GDP each year without strong safe harbors.

For more information:

  • Presentation: Sean Flynn. The Impact of Balance. Presented at WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, November 14, 2017.
  • Paper: Sean Flynn and Michael Palmedo. The User Rights Database: Measuring the Impact of Copyright Balance. PIJIP Working Paper 2017-03.
  • Handout: also available in Portuguese
  • Data: Copyright User Rights Database
  • Survey: PIJIP Copyright User Rights Survey