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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Intellectual Property and Magic

Via Steve King, he writes:
" ... There is a really interesting research paper on IP law ... called Secrets Revealed: How Magicians Protect
IP Without Laws
. ... According to the paper, magic occupies an "IP negative space" where IP laws offer little protection. Because of this, the magic industry has developed a broad range of cooperative community norms to provide IP protection for those that invent tricks - and punishment for those that abuse magic IP.

While the article is about IP, the paper is an excellent case study on industry cooperation. It also has an interesting description of innovation in the magic industry ... "

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