U.S. Government Report Tackles Options For Digital Copyright Policy

Law360, New York (August 11, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Compulsory licensing of digital content could substantially reduce enforcement and transaction costs, but may also reduce supply or demand, the Congressional Budget Office argues in a new report on digital copyright issues.

The report, released independently by the budget office on Tuesday, is intended to help legislators as they face growing calls from both copyright holders and consumer groups to reshape copyright laws. It makes no specific policy recommendations, but analyzes the likely economic costs and benefits of various regulatory scenarios.

The report reasons that the...
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