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Over the past 20 years, interest in the input of theoretical economics to effective copyright management has been rapidly increasing. Economic theory, both from a positive and a normative viewpoint, has proved to be a powerful tool that provides insights that can, and should, be used to further our understanding on all issues related to copyright management, copyright law, and the causes and effects of copyright infringement. This has become especially true in the current environment provided by the internet and digital copy technologies, that together have seriously challenged the efficiency and effectiveness of the way in which copyright has been traditionally managed.


The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI) was established during the year 2001, with the principal objective of providing a solid academic platform from which scientific debate concerning copyright, dealt with from an economic theory perspective, can be launched and defended. SERCI aims to actively promote and internationally distribute quality academic research relating economic theory to all aspects of copyright and intellectual property of a cultural nature. SERCI is a fully independent, international non-profit organisation that promotes all academic activities related to the study of the economic dimension of the general concept of copyright, whatever may be the final results of such research activity, with the only underlying condition being that the research is formally correct, and is of interest to the understanding of how copyright can be properly and efficiently managed. In short, SERCI is interested in promoting and distributing only that research which is of the highest possible scientific quality


In July 2002, two of the Society's officers (Richard Watt and Ruth Towse) were invited by the World Intellectual Property Organisation to participate as invited experts at a high level scientific meeting held in Helsinki (Finland) with the objective of evaluating the economic importance of copyright in national economies.


Current and Future Activities



The activities of SERCI include, but are not restricted to:


·        The maintenance of a web site designed to be a forum of discussion on economic theory and copyright. The general underlying objective of the web site is to provide a useful tool for all individuals and institutions interested in furthering their understanding of efficient copyright management.

·        Collection and maintenance of a working paper archive.

·        Organization of an annual congress of academics from all over the world, where their research is presented and discussed.

·        Distribution of the output of the congress as widely as possible.


At the SERCI annual congress (SERCIAC), the research of distinguished academics from all over the world, some with a more strictly economics point of view and others with a more legal perspective, is presented and discussed. At each congress, a specific researcher, with an extremely high international profile and prestige, is invited to give the initial lecture.




There are two types of member of SERCI. On one hand, individual members who are the academics that support the Society's activities by presenting papers, and generally attending and actively participating in the annual congress. Individual membership is retained for two years, and is renewable by simply fulfilling the requisite of attending the congress. Individual members have one vote at the annual general meeting of the Society, which is held each year at the congress. On the other hand, financial members are those institutions and individuals who contribute financially to the Society.






01/01/2002 to 04/06/2002            Eduardo Bautista

04/06/2002 to 09/07/2004            Richard Watt

09/07/2004 to 10/07/2006            Ruth Towse

10/07/2006 to 10/07/2008            Stan Liebowitz

10/07/2008 to 08/07/2010            Giovanni Ramello

08/07/2010 to 09/072012             Stephen Margolis

09/07/2012 to 10/07/2014            Ivan Png

10/07/2014 to present                  Marcel Boyer




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