Creativity, Innovation, and Intellectual Property – Lessons from fashion’s free culture
What is the ownership of creativity? Is copying “stealing” or a sign of the creators genius? Does copying within an industry destroy it or enhance it? Without ownership is there any incentive to innovate? Is there an innovation “knock-off”? What are the virtues of not copying? Does copying accelerate innovation? In an industry that has no intellectual property protection can you make things that can not be copied? What is an aesthetic and how can you use this to resist copying? Can white people play bee bop? In what ways are comedians like fashion designers? Are the most profitable industries those that have intellectual property protection of those that don’t?
So, what lessons can be learned from the fashion industry – which does not have copyright or intellectual property protection – about creativity, innovation, and the free culture? How will this inform other industries as they wrestle with the issues of ownership of creativity and intellectual property?
Another TED talk: Johanna Blakely: Lessons from fashion’s free culture