Intellectual property and copyright from a new perspective

This TED Talk by Johanna Blakley gave me a new perspective on copyright. For the last few years, with the oncoming pervasiveness of open standards and technologies, I’ve seen benefits on both sides of the copyright-versus-open issue. While much benefit comes from copyright law, it can also stifle parts of innovation and culture.

Blakely, of the Norman Lear Center (a media-focused think tank at the University of Southern California), gave me some interesting new things to think about, using the fashion industry’s lack of intellectual property protection as an example of how an industry without legal protection from copying can thrive in terms of innovation and sales.

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