of a regular systematic survey of businesses’ acquisition and use of intellectual property of all types—copyrights, patents, and trademarks. We also recommend consideration of a companion consumer survey to acquire information on user-generated digital content and consumption of digital goods.

The robust empirical research undertaking envisioned by this report should identify both the costs and benefits of different types and levels of copyright and other forms of intellectual property, and carefully distinguish the various impacts of policy options on different stakeholder groups—creators, developers, distributors, and consumers.

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