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Knockoff fashion, trend-setting, and the creative economy

Conventional wisdom holds that copying kills creativity, and that laws that protect against copies are essential to innovation and economic success. But are copyrights and patents always necessary? Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman approach the question of incentives and innovation in a wholly new way in The Knockoff Economy — by exploring creative fields where copying is generally legal, such as fashion, food, and even professional football.

The University of Virginia School of Law spoke with author Christopher Sprigman about the role of knockoffs in the fashion industry and their impact on the creative economy.

Christopher Sprigman is the Class of 1963 Research Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. You can follow him on Twitter at @CJSprigman or on Facebook. Kal Raustiala is Professor of Law at UCLA and the author of Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? Together, they are the authors of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation. Visit the Knockoff Economy website for more information, or like them on Facebook.

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