This year, which marks the 18th consecutive SERCI Annual Congress, we will be meeting in Toronto (Canada), on the 9th and 10th of July.

The congress will be organised locally by Ariel Katz (University of Toronto). SERCI is very pleased and honored to announce that the Annual SERCI Guest Lecture will delivered by Prof. Joshua Gans (University of Toronto).

Congress Registration

To register to attend the congress, simply email your details (name, affiliation, etc.) to There is no registration fee for the congress, but please do register.

Congress Accommodation

The local organizers have negotiated a special hotel rate at the Kimpton Saint George Hotel, located a few minutes from the congress venue. The special congress rate is $269 per night plus taxes, for bookings from July 6th to July 10th. To take advantage of this offer, you must have your booking in place before June 15th.

To make a booking, please contact Charlci Phillips, on Please mention in the email that you are booking in relation to the SERCI conference, organized by University of Toronto.

SERCIAC 2018, Draft Programme (please treat this as being preliminary, and subject to change)

Monday July 9th.

9:00                    Registration

9:30                    Welcome

9:45                    SERCI Invited Guest Lecture; Joshua Gans (University of Toronto), “Getting the pricing right on digital music copyright”

10:45                  Coffee break

11:00                  Session 1: Copyright in books

Paul Heald (University of Illinois), “Copyright reversion to authors (and the Rosetta effect): An empirical study of reappearing books”

Abhishek Nagaraj (Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley) and Imke Reimers (Northeastern University), “Does digitization hurt book readership and sales? Evidence from the Google books project”

Stan Liebowitz and Alejandro Zentner (University of Texas at Dallas), “Motivations to Create”

13:00                  Lunch

14:00                  Session 2: Copyright law

Sean Flynn and Michael Palmedo, “Measuring change in the law of copyright user rights”

Sigbjorn Hjelmbrekke, “Attitudes to copyright protection and enforcement. Data from Holland”

15:20                  Coffee break

15:40                  Session 3: Copyright tariff regulation

Ariel Katz (University of Toronto), “The Copyright Board of Canada: A Regulator Lacking a Theory of Regulation”

George Barker (London School of Economics and Australian National University), “The value gap in online music markets in Canada. The case of music streaming and the role of the Law"

17:00                  SERCI AGM

20:00                  SERCI Gala Supper

Tuesday July 10th

9:00                    Session 4:

Sunita Tripathy (O.P. Jindal Global University), “Disneyization of data markets and neutering net neutrality”

Will Page (Spotify) and David Safir (Senior Consultant, International Affairs), “Money In, Money Out: Lessons from CMO’s in allocating and distributing licensing revenue”

10:20                  Coffee break

10:40                  Session 5: Tariffs for copyright in musical works

Marcel Boyer (Université de Montréal) and Anne Catherine Faye (Analysis Group), “The setting of royalty rates for musical works and sound recordings: An application of Lindhal pricing principles”

Frank Mathewson (University of Toronto), E. Jane Murdoch (Charles River Associates Inc.) and Gerry Wall (Wall Communications Inc.), “Music-use tariffs: Options, regulation and bargaining”

12:00                  Lunch

13:00                  Session 6: Issues in copyright economics

Luis Aguiar (European Commission) and Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota and NBER), “Platforms, promotion and product discovery: Evidence from Spotify playlists”

Christian Handke (University of Amsterdam, IViR, and Erasmus University of Rotterdam, ESHCC), “On market power in the copyright industries: Price competition with fixed costs and incomplete market capture”

Victor Lavialle (ParisTech) and Matthieu Adam. “A multivariate analysis of regulated funding of the French cinema by broadcasters”

15:00                  Coffee break

15:20                  Session 7: Copyright in data

Peter Jenner, “Data registries: Identification, payment and attribution”

16:00                  Wrap-up and end of conference