Professor Paul Heald was recently profiled in the Finnish journal IP Info. Heald is currently on a Fulbright fellowship at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. An excerpt follows:
Heald is interested in the effects of law. Does new legislation work the way it was meant to or does it have some unexpected bad consequences? This can be found out by empirical studies.
"The basic idea is really simple: all law is designed to affect human behavior, and whenever the law changes, you can follow the change in markets. The answers received by surveys are often not very reliable. Therefore, I like to do natural study, to observe the before and after. For example, how passing a new law changes the copyright status of a class of works affects the market."
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