The article discusses U.S. copyright law and its influence on creativity and musical innovation. The author states that the benefits of copyright are commonly thought to outweigh the actual costs. As the author points out, the goal of early copyright legislation was to provide incentives for the continued creation of works. The role of visual bias in musical copyrights is examined. The author calls for a better understanding of musical creativity within the scope of copyright law.
Olufunmilayo B. Arewa,
Creativity, Improvisation, and Risk: Copyright and Musical Innovation,
Notre Dame L. Rev.
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