Did Copyright Slow British Growth?

by Christopher Paul on August 23, 2010

A new study by Eckhard Höffner suggests that Germany’s expansive industrial growth in the 19th centruty could be attributed to their lack of copyright laws.

Höffner contends (according to the review) that the near absence of copy­right law in eighteenth and nineteenth century Germany laid the ground­work for the “Gründerzeit”—the enormous wave of economic growth that Deutsch land experienced in the middle and later nineteenth century.

Moreover, the author believes copyright laws had a negative impact on the United Kingdom:

Even more startling is the factor Höffner believes caused this development — in his view, it was none other than copyright law, which was established early in Great Britain, in 1710, that crippled the world of knowledge in the United Kingdom.

No Copyright Law: The Real Reason for Germany’s Industrial Expansion? – Spiegel via Snarkmarket

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