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The Role of Copyright in Creative Industry Development

Sean A. Pager

Abstract

Does copyright foster the development of creative industries in developing countries? Drawing on case studies from Nigeria, India, and China, this Article sheds some light on these questions. It argues that copyright offers distinct advantages over alternative models. Moreover, copyright law need not function as a monolithic force. Copyright norms can govern some aspects of industry operations, while remaining largely absent in other domains. However, as industries develop, the benefits of copyright become more salient and the logic of copyright formalization exerts a gravitational pull.

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