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Content Conference: Innovation and Incentives in the Creative Arts

"Innovation" is often hailed as the north star in the law and technology and intellectual property communities. In patent law, for example, the focus is often on how certain types of legal protections can encourage inventors and investors. As highlighted by the copyright limit term debate, copyright law must also grapple with the core question of which incentives are necessary to motivate creative innovation; that is, who should make money from artistic creation, when, how, and for how long. But copyright law also explicitly introduces other, non-economic considerations into the mix, including protecting the rights of users (including other artists) in some cases, and that of encouraging investors in others. Taking a step back from current copyright controversies, this conference will examine the question of innovation and incentives in the creative arts through three lenses: (1) the perspective of the artists; (2) the perspective of the creative industries; and (3) the academic literature on how the various incentives work in practice.

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