The Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues


It is with great pleasure that SERCI announces the re-initiation of the SERCI Annual Congress after two years lost to the global pandemic. The 2022 congress will be held in Boulder, Colorado, and co-hosted with The Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Law School under the local organization of Kristelia García, University of Colorado Law School Associate Professor and Silicon Flatirons Intellectual Property Initiative Director,on September 9th and 10th of this year. The SERCI Guest Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Peter DiCola (Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University).

All intending participants are asked to fill in the registration form at the bottom of this page.

Below is a provisional first draft of the program for the 2022 SERCI Annual Congress. Further details on the program, the social events, and local hotels will be added in due course.

Day 1: Friday September 9th

8:45am Welcome Session
9:00am Session 1:
SERCI Guest Lecture: Peter DiCola A Practical Model of Copyright Economics with Intermediaries
Speaker: Peter DiCola (Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University).
Chairperson: Paul Heald (University of Illinois).
10:00am Coffee break
10:15am Session 2: Copyright registrations, and research exceptions.  Chairperson: David Simon (Harvard Law School)
"Examining Copyright", Zvi Rosen (Southern Illinois University School of Law).
"Discovering the implications of copyright rejects", Jamaica Jones (University of Pittsburgh)
"Research exceptions in comparative copyright law", Sean Flynn (American University Washington), Luca Schirru (American University Washington) and Andrés Izquierdo (American University Washington).
"The impact of copyright exceptions for researchers on scholarly output", Michael Palmedo (American University Washington)
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Session 3:  Copyright office data and music streaming.  Chairperson: Stan Liebowitz (University of Texas at Dallas)
"Discussion of Copyright Office data", Brent Lutes (US Copyright Office).
"Gender issues in copyright creation, registration and success", Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota).
"Comparing the pro-rata rule and the user centric rule in music streaming", Xiacheng Lei (University of Glasgow).
"Pay to playlist: The commerce of music streaming", Kristelia García (University of Colorado) and Christopher Buccafusco (Cardozo Law School)
3:15pm Coffee break
3:30pm Session 4: Legal issues in copyright. Chairperson: Ariel Katz (University of Toronto)
"Copyright’s law of dissemination", Jacob Noti-Victor (Cardozo Law School).
"Pleasurable IP", David Simon (Harvard Law School) and Patrick Goold (The City Law School).
"Loyalties vs royalties", Sarah Polcz (Stanford Law School).
5:30pm SERCI AGM
6:15pm SERCI Gala Supper

Day 2: Saturday September 10th

9:00am Session 5: The economics of copyright. Chairperson: Christian Handke (Erasmus University of Rotterdam)
"Covid 19 and online piracy: An empirical analysis", Joost Poort (University of Amsterdam), Ariana Martinelli (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa), Julia Mazzei (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa) and Alesandro Nuvolari (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa).
"Empirical study of music copyright system in Netherlands", Nerko Hadziarapovic (University of Applied Science, Utrecht) and Pascal Ravesteijn (University of Applied Science, Utrecht).
"Equilibrium licensing of two PROs", Jin-Hyuk Kim (University of Colorado).
“Moral hazard in the retail of music brands: The case of streaming platforms”, Othmann Baduoui (CERNA, Ecole de Mines)
11:00am Coffee break
11:15am Session 6: Legal studies of copyright. Chairperson: Zvi Rosen (Southern Illinois University School of Law)
“Unfair Use as Market Failure: Revisiting Wendy Gordon’s Fair Use as Market Failure”, Ariel Katz (University of Toronto).
"Do copyright law professors pay attention to economists?", Justin Hughes (Loyola Marymount University, and Oxford University) and Michael Smith (Carnegie-Mellon University).
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm Session 7: Competition, costs and incentives in copyright markets. Chairperson: Justin Hughes (LoyolaMarymount University, and Oxford University)
"The cost of copyright revisited. Identifying competition effects in small book markets", Paul Heald (University ofIllinois).
"Copyright in best sellers vs public domain", Stan Liebowitz (University of Texas at Dallas).
"Copyright: Prospect versus capture", Glynn Lunney (Texas A&M University).
"Cost of music", Sean Pager (Michigan State University) and Eric Priest (University of Oregon).
3:15pm Coffee break
3:30pm Session 8: Copyright and digitization. Chairperson: Joost Poort (University of Amsterdam)
"Digitization and availability of artworks in digital museum collections", Matthias Sahli (WIPO, University of Neuchatel), Alexander Cuntz (WIPO) and Paul Heald (University of Illinois).
"Copyright’s changing role with digitization", Christian Handke (University of Rotterdam).
"Distribution and digitization of recorded opera music", Alessio Muscarnera (WIPO), Alexander Cuntz (WIPO) and Prince Oguguo (WIPO).
4:30pm Closing words and end of conference

Presenters who are PhD students may apply for a SERCI Congress Scholarship of up to $300 as aid in defraying costs to attend the event. Please apply by writing to outlining your situation.

There is no registration fee for participation in this congress, but pre-registration is required. If you are planning on attending the congress, please fill in your details using the template below. On the evening of the first day (September 9th) there will be a Gala Supper. This is a free event for all conference presenters. Additional diners (co-authors, other congress delegates, spouses, etc.) are warmly invited to attend the diner as well, at a cost of $100.

Delgates arriving at Denver International Airport might consider using the AB bus to get into town. The schedule is here Local people do not seem to use the toll roads very much. The AB bus runs on the roll road, so there are often few cars on the road!

A couple of other local hotels (no conference arrangement with these ones though):,

For those staying at Boulderado (or St Julien), taking SKIP bus to Wolf Law might be a good option (because SKIP runs relatively frequently), but for those on the other side of town, at Hilton (or Millennium or Basecamp), a bus may run relatively infrequently, so Uber may be the practical option for these delegates.