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Creativity without Law: Challenging the Assumptions of Intellectual Property

Kate Darling and Aaron Perzanowski


Intellectual property (IP) law is premised on assumptions about creative behavior. Fundamentally, the case for regulation assumes that creators require a legal right to prevent copying, or they will under-invest in new works. But this premise fails to fully capture the reality of creative production. It ignores the range of powerful non-economic motivations that compel creativity. Equally importantly, it overlooks the capacity of creative industries for self-governance and innovative social and market responses to appropriation. This book reveals the on-the-ground practices of a range of creat ... More

Keywords: intellectual property, law, norms, economics, creativity, markets, communities, incentives, copyright, patent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479841936
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479841936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Darling, editor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab

Aaron Perzanowski, editor
Case Western Reserve University

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Front Matter


Aaron Perzanowski and Kate Darling

Part I Cuisine and Curatives

1 Norms-Based Intellectual Property Systems

Emmanuelle Fauchart and Eric Von Hippel

3 Derogatory to Professional Character?

Katherine J. Strandburg

Part II Countercultural Communities

4 Owning the Body

Aaron Perzanowski

5 Painting on Walls

Marta Iljadica

Part III Content Creators

7 Architecture and Morality

Rebecca Tushnet

9 Nollywood

Olufunmilayo B. Arewa


Christopher Jon Sprigman