This introductory chapter provides a background to the wisdom of innovation and imitation. It explores a variety of industries and arts in which copyright and patent do not apply or are not used. Copying can harm creativity and some rules are necessary, but the effects of copying on creativity are not as simple as the monopoly theory suggests. Industries that survive and thrive in the face of pervasive copying indicate that creativity is more resilient than commonly believed and that copying has unappreciated virtues.
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