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Piracy and Innovation

July 23, 2008

The YouTube video, The Pirate’s Dilemma, looks at the cultural problem of our creativity being largely bricolagic, (if that’s a word). We see other’s doing something and we imitate and/or adapt it. We follow trends, and we build on other’s ideas. But people need to make livings, and creators should get credit and rewards. Yet we humans like to play with ‘stuff’. Where does the label “piracy” stifle innovation, and where is it accurately describing a rip-off? This is the question that motivates people on both side of the Canadian C-61 debate, and the world-wide copyright and intellectual property debates.

via Chris Brogan

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