The Royalties System and Paratrophic Copyright

  • Benedict Atkinson


This chapter discusses paratrophic process, a process that effects transfer of benefit from a larger to smaller group. The chapter argues that paratrophic process is characteristic of all property systems, which, unless directed by action of the polity to function distributively, concentrate benefit rather than diffusing it. In a fully paratrophic system, one person owns everything. In an effectively distributive system ownership is more evenly diffused among members of society. This chapter posits that the copyright royalties system is an example of a partly paratrophic system: the royalties system is a regulated by laws that ensure efficient transfer of income from the public to copyright industries in a way that ensures that disproportionate benefit is transferred from public to industries. But the public receives some benefit, meaning that the system is not entirely paratrophic. By contrast, the feudal system, which is discussed was entirely paratrophic.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benedict Atkinson
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  1. 1.SydneyAustralia

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