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Ezra Klein goes after proposed fashion copyrights

Ezra Klein has a smart piece on copyrights today, slamming Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) draft bill to copyright fashion and grandly titled the the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act link here. We really need a lot more op-eds like this if public opinion is to change and we have any chance of stopping still more cancerous IP.


After I posted this, I read earlier Ezra Klein posts and found he had one which sent me to the TED talk of Johanna Blakely on April 2010 as well as another website which has her talk, readytoshare.org. She is full of ideas, so full I won't try to repeat them--go listen. But she makes one knockout point: a chart showing the sales of creative industries like fashion and those which have copyright protection and have relatively poor sales.
Have a look/listen to Johanna Blakely's clever and persuasive articulation of the way competition and creativity go hand in hand in the fashion industry, at Ted Talks.http://www.ted.com/talks/johanna_blakley_lessons_from_fashion_s_free_culture.html Why did the Courts get it so right here (deny IP other than trademark) and so wrong in other creative industries (music video etc)?
Why did the Courts get it so right here (deny IP other than trademark) and so wrong in other creative industries (music video etc)?

Because if they'd gotten it wrong in every industry, then we wouldn't have had anything to point to.

That's a teleological argument, Kid.
I wonder if Schumer is getting kicked back by the copyright industry? He's one of the worst politicians ever. I can't think of one issue he's anywhere close to libertarian on.

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