The 2019 annual congress of SERCI will be held in Montpellier (France) on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of July. The local organisation of the event will be undertaken by Alain Marciano (University of Montpellier).

There is no registration fee for participation at the SERCI Annual Congress. To register for the conference, please send an email to richard@serci.org with your full name and affiliation, and contact details.

2019 SERCI Annual Congress, July 8th and 9th , Montpellier (France)


Monday, July 8th


Opening Words


Session 1: SERCI Invited Guest Lecture: “Accounting for Creativity: Incentives for Ideas and Expression”. Chairperson: Paul Heald (University of Illinois). Speaker: Zorina Khan (Bowdoin College and National Bureau of Economic Research).


Coffee break


Session 2: Authors, labour markets and earnings. Chairperson: Ruth Towse (Bornemouth University)

“Copyright’s L-curve”, Glynn Lunney (Texas A&M University).

“Author’s Earnings and Contracts 2018”, Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow)and Sukhpreet Singh (University of Glasgow), with Andrés Azqueta Gavaldón and Jaakko Miettinen.

“Copyright and Creative Work: how Coyright Affects Creative Labour Market Dynamics”, Fatima Sao Simao (ID+ Research Institute for Design and Culture, University of Porto).




Session 3: Copyright’s legal parameters. Chairperson: Ariel Katz (University of Toronto)

“The User Rights Database: Measuring the Impact of Opening Copyright Exceptions”, Sean Flynn (American University Washington) and Michael Palmedo (American University Washington).

“A Reconsideration of Copyright’s Term”, Kristelia Garcia (University of Colorado), James Hicks (UC Berkeley) and Justin McCrary (Columbia University).

“The Effect of Copyright Term Length on South African Book Markets: With Reference to the Google Book Project”, Paul Heald (University of Illinois).


Coffee break


Session 4: Issues in copyright law and economics. Chairperson: Olivier Bomsel (ParisTech)

“Special Regime for New Online Content Services as a Response to Lack of Innovation in the Online Content Sector in Europe” Lucius Klobucnik (Queen Mary University of London).

“Digital TV Piracy in Europe”, Antanina Garansvili (Bournemouth University).

“History and Future of Copyright Formalities in a Perspective of Information Cost” Zhou Heng (Renmin University of China).




End of sessions


SERCI Gala Supper

Tuesday, July 9th


Session 5: Music copyrights. Chairperson: Christian Handke (Erasmus University of Rotterdam)

“The Market for Performance Rights in Sound Recordings: Bargaining in the Shadow of Compulsory Licensing”, Mark Schultz (Southern Illinois University).

“User-Centric Revisited: Unintended Consequences of Royalty Distribution Policies”, Will Page (Chief Economist Spotify) and David Safir (Consultant, The Economics of Music).

“Reliable Data for Music Use and Attribution of Individual Performances”, Peter Jenner and Paul O’Hagan (Ulster University).


Coffee break


Session 6: Creativity and the digital environment. Chairperson: Glynn Lunney (Texas A&M University)

“Do We Need a New Economic Approach to the Creative Economy in the Digital Era?”, Ruth Towse (Bornemouth University).

“Digital Sampling, Copyright Assertion and Creative Reuse”, Timothy Simcoe (Boston University and NBER) and Jeremy Watson (University of Minnesota).

“Concentration and Copyright in Digital Media Industries: Evidence From the French Audio-visual and Cinema Ecosystem”, Victor Lavialle (ParisTech) and Olivier Bomsel (ParisTech).




Session 7: Country studies. Chairperson: Giovanni Ramello (University of Eastern Piedmont)

“Enforcing Copyright Online in Scandinavia: Economic Consequenses of Nuances in National Implementations of International Law”, Terje Gaustad (BI Norwegian Business School), Irina Eidsvold-Toien (BI Norwegian Business School) and Monica Viken (BT Norwegian Business School).

“Collective Management of Music Copyright in China: A Comparative Analysis of Limiting Monopolistic Power of Musical Collective Management Organisations in China and United States”, Qinqing Xu (University of Wollongong).


Coffee break


Session 8: Property rights and competition. Chairperson: Gerry Wall (Wall Communications, Inc.)

“Grand Rights and Opera Programming”, Alexander Cuntz (WIPO).

“Competition Against Open Source Community”, Hung Cuong Voung (University of Montpellier), Edmond Baranes (University of Montpellier) and Mourad Zeroukhi (University of Rennes).

“Fake But Original? Japanese Food in Southeast Asian Countries”, Koji Domon (Waseda University), Alessandro Melcarne (University of Paris Nanterre), and Giovanni Ramello (University of Eastern Piedmont).


Closing words and end of conference

2019 Congress Information

The conference will take place at the Faculty of Economics, Espace Richter - Avenue Raymond Dugrand - Montpellier.

Rooms have been blocked at local hotels (for 7th, 8th and 9th of July). The rooms will only be held until the end of April. When booking at one of these hotels, please mention that you are with the "SERCI Conference (faculty of economics)/ Colloque SERCI (faculté d'économie)".

20 double rooms blocked at Ibis Montpellier Centre (approximately 1.7 kms from congress location). Room cost 101.5 euros per night.

Hotel address: 95 Place Vauban - Boulevard d'Antigone, Montpellier.
Tel: +33(0) 4 67 64 06 64
Fax: +33(0) 4 67 65 91 73
Email : H1391@accor.com

15 rooms blocked at Citadines Antigone (approximately 1.2 kms from congress location). Room cost: The rate is 85 euros/night for 2 persons in a Studio deluxe, 98 euros for a studio executive, 107 euros for a 1-bedroom apartment. The breakfast is 8 euros.

Hotel address: 588 boulevard d’Antigone, Montpellier.
Email: antigone@citadines.com
Tel: +33 (0)4 99 52 37 50

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