Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Copyright has adverse effect on investment in cloud

A recent economic study entitled “The Impact of Copyright Policy Changes in France and Germany on Venture Capital Investment in Cloud Computing Companies” by Professor Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School, reported by IP Watch a while ago here, finds that changes in copyright law in Europe have had a negative impact on investments by venture capitalists in cloud computing businesses. The study, for the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), blames a handful of court decisions in France and Germany on the scope of copyright, which sounds like a rather narrow range of scapegoats. The CCIA looks beyond those scapegoats, and its Vice President Matthew Schruers posted this blog post asserting that effects identified by the study provide evidence of a bigger trend in copyright concerns undermining investment.

Was it really necessary to carry out a study to conclude this?

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