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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/3072/french-book-on-the-economics-of-patents-and-copyrights/

French Book on The Economics of Patents and Copyrights

February 1, 2005 by

The Economics of Patents and Copyrights, by French researchers Francois Leveque and Yann Meniere of the Ecole des mines de Paris (an engineering university), is available for free, under the Creative Commons License. It concludes (p. 102):

The abolition or preservation of intellectual property protection is … not just a purely theoretical quesiton. To decide on it from an economic viewpoint, we must be able to assess all the consequences of protection and determien whether the total favorable effects for society outweigh the total negative effects. Unfortunately, this exercise [an economic analysis of the cost and benefits of intellectual property] is no more within our reach today than it was in Machlup‘s day [1950s].

(Thanks for Greg Aharonian of PatNews for the link and some comments.)

{ 4 comments }

Shrinidhi December 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The link for the french book is changed. It is available at the following link.
http://www.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=leveque

Please change it appropriately. Thanks for the help.

Regards,
Shri.

Stephan Kinsella December 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Done, thanks!

Shrinidhi December 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm

This was a beautiful information for it has helped me overcome one of the major roadblocks that I had hit in my thesis. Thanks for the help.

Regards,
Shri.

Stephan Kinsella December 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm

What’s your thesis about?

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