Casey Kitchel


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Are copyright and patent laws the best way to promote and protect creativity?

Copyright and patent laws do a lot to protect creativity. But do copyright and patent laws do more to protect creativity than they do restrict it?

I believe there needs to be a way to protect and compensate people for their ideas and work. I believe a better way should be found to enable people to build and improve upon the works and ideas of others more freely. And I also believe copyright and patent protection should be made more accessible and inclusive to everyone.

Having said all that, are copyright and patent laws really the best way to "promote and protect" creativity? Is there room for improvement in the current laws and system? If reforms were made to allow people to be more creative while still ensuring protection and compensation, would everyone (individuals, businesses, nations, the world, etc) benefit from that? Or, would it be best if a new way were devised to promote and protect creativity?

  • Apr 11 2013: Hi Casey!
    This question caught my eye because I had a similar question. My question was going to be along the lines of , are or should pattens become obsolete as we realize the power of collaboration? Or, when will we realize it is more bennificial to share ideas and work together? Something like that.
    I believe that the people that come up with amazing and innovative ideas should be compensated, but I also think it would be extremely bennificial for people to be able to build off great ideas without worrying about getting taken to court.
    OpenIdeo is a good example of people collaborating to solve real world problems.
    I look forward to seeing more responses from the TED comunity on this topic.
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    Apr 11 2013: You should find this talk very interesting:
  • May 10 2013: Patents belong to the inventor but copyrights are bought from the inventor by a manufacturer. Simple and robs the hard working mind of pride, fame and money. No one remembers the inventor just the manufacturer who put a price tag behind it. To solve this encourage inventors/patent applicants to invest in manufacturing their products.
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    Apr 19 2013: copyright laws do not protect creativity. they trump creativity, and make it the privilege of big corporations.
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    Apr 11 2013: As far as I know, it's a good system. Do you have a better idea?
  • Apr 11 2013: From what I know, the gov has made it easy for major corporations to steal the little guys ideas, by changing just a small percentage of the design. Where change was I think 30% back in the 80's, the gov has made it to read 15% or less, within the last 15 years. The big corporations protect themselves through cooperation with the other international companies, that don't want huge battles and thefts of their own.

    The international co's can also patent your ideas in any country they want, produce the product, charge less for and flood the market and put you out of business.
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    Apr 11 2013: If you can get your creation out there fast and make a short killing on it but, we as a species tend to be bacterial with knowledge, we pass it on. A 5 year patent law then general access, you can have a bright idea but someone else might be able to take it further. Apple comes to mind.
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    Apr 10 2013: I believe that with valid and strong contructs law, all patent laws are obsolete. If you an idea or a new technology you can protect it with confedetuality claws between you and anyone you work with. If you're worried your product will be hacked and your patent stolen for it do what apple did- you don't own your phone, you buy a using licence, and breaking it is grounds for lawsuit. If anybody think of your patent idea without the use of your product, your patent isn't worth protecting.