Lessons From Fashion’s Free Culture

by Rachel Gertz

Johanna Blakely explains that in fashion, you can rip everything and anything off—and that’s a good thing. The ability to copycat is the key to creativity, since idea makers must keep innovating to stay ahead while their ideas trickle down to the Walmarts and Targets of the world. She compares this model with our current intellectual and copyright protection models and basically reveals that our obsession with ownership and the hard-hitting legislation our governments are proposing to ‘protect’ our intellectual property are actually pushing us into innovation limbo. The big producers end up being the only one who benefit while artists, musicians, writers, and designers go stagnant to avoid being sued for infringement by the very corporations designed to promote and support them.

If this were America, Kentucky Lied Glicken would be on every street corner. Till it got sued.
If this were America, Kentucky Lied Glicken would be on every street corner. Till it got sued. Photo: WmJas

A fascinating look at the ways copycat creations translate into better products accessible to everyone, and how copyright slingers are working really hard to prevent that.

Via TED.