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The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation

Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780195399783
eISBN:
9780190258467
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195399783.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

From the shopping mall to the corner bistro, knockoffs are everywhere in today's marketplace. Conventional wisdom holds that copying kills creativity, and that laws that protect against copies are ... More


Introduction

Kal Raustiala and Christopher Jon Sprigman

in The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780195399783
eISBN:
9780190258467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195399783.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This introductory chapter provides a background to the wisdom of innovation and imitation. It explores a variety of industries and arts in which copyright and patent do not apply or are not used. ... More


Knockoffs and Fashion Victims

Kal Raustiala and Christopher Jon Sprigman

in The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780195399783
eISBN:
9780190258467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195399783.003.0002
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter discusses knockoffs in the fashion world. Fashion is a huge industry in which imitation is everywhere and completely legal. The fashion world should be in an economic freefall, since the ... More


Conclusion: Copies and Creativity

Kal Raustiala and Christopher Jon Sprigman

in The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780195399783
eISBN:
9780190258467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195399783.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation

This chapter provides some conclusions on the issues of creativity and copying. The monopoly theory is hostile to imitation because imitation undermines later rewards, which destroys the incentive to ... More


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