This introduction provides the framework for the chapters that follow. It outlines the core assumptions of intellectual property (IP) law: that creativity cannot thrive without legal rights of exclusion, that widespread copying is inevitable without legal intervention, and that law dictates the way the public interacts with creative works. And it summarizes a collection of studies of individual creative communities that reveal how those assumptions overlook the capacity of creative industries for self-governance and dynamic social and market responses to the appropriation of information. By revealing the on-the-ground practices of a range of previously ignored creators and innovators, the studies in this book uncover communities that force us to rethink the intellectual property orthodoxy.
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