Monday, February 27, 2006

Hollywood should learn Fashion's secret

David Bollier and Laurie Racine think the film industry has a lot to learn from the fashion industry regarding the real impact of intellectual property on creativity.

"The Hollywood studios and major record labels consider it self-evident and axiomatic that creativity must be strictly controlled through copyright law, lest it be "stolen" and creators forced out of business. It is a significant point that creators, especially individual artists, need effective, reliable ways to be paid for their work - and copyright offers one important vehicle. But the fashion industry has a deeper faith in the power of creativity. Despite scant legal protection, fashion businesses invest enormous sums in each new season's creative cycle - and reap substantial profits year after year."

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