Creativity & Copyright: The Surprising Tale of the Fashion Industry

copyrightc300Industries with strong copyright protection (music, film, TV, publishing) are finding it hard to compete in the digital marketplace: how do you protect your creative output when amateurs can make perfect copies with the click of a button? While it may be tempting to believe that increased copyright protection is the only thing that can save these industries (and the struggling artists within them) the example of the fashion industry suggests otherwise. The Norman Lear Center’s Johanna Blakley presents her research on the fashion industry and several other “low-IP” industries that treat their creative output as a commons – shared resources that can be freely reused, recreated and recombined.¬†Read more about the Ready to Share project.

Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities
University of Southern California

December 5, 2008, noon – 2 PM