Yes. I admit it. I've been living under a rock. And because I've been subterranean, I've just now discovered TED. Shut up.
I'm not a fashion guy. I'm a color-texture-fuzzy dice devotee who appreciates style. But I appreciated the story that Johanna Blakley tells about copyrights or more precisely, the absence of copyrights and its correlation to creativity and financial flourish. I've litigated (I didn't litigate a damn thing--let's get it straight here--I paid to litigate) intellectual property issues before. It's messy and it costs more than divorce. I'm still a believer in I.P. rights but the construct for keeping the proverbial I.P. Jeannie in the bottle has been turned on its head.
"Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture."