Date: 18 Nov 2012
A simple model of copyright levies: implications for harmonization
- Jin-Hyuk Kim
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Copyright levies are used as a way of compensating rightholders for the private use made of their protected works. This paper builds a simple model of copyright levies and investigates welfare implications of the harmonization of levy rates. The result is that, when the policy-maker places sufficient weight on the interests of collecting societies, harmonization could reduce social welfare. When countries are asymmetric, the country with a larger proportion of foreign consumption and more inefficient tax system loses more from harmonization. A calibration exercise using European data shows that harmonization would increase aggregate social welfare. However, in some countries, policy-makers are worse off although consumers are better off with harmonization. Especially, when larger countries have higher decision weights, the policy-makers are worse off overall, and hence would not agree to harmonize the levy rates.
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- A simple model of copyright levies: implications for harmonization
International Tax and Public Finance
Volume 20, Issue 6 , pp 992-1013
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- Copyright levy
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- Jin-Hyuk Kim (1)
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- 1. Department of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 256 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA