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The Knockoff EconomyHow Imitation Sparks Innovation$
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Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195399783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195399783.001.0001

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Football, Fonts, Finance, and Feist

Football, Fonts, Finance, and Feist

(p.123) 4 Football, Fonts, Finance, and Feist
The Knockoff Economy

Kal Raustiala

Christopher Jon Sprigman

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at finance and other creative endeavors in which copying is common and legal. It begins with football, which has a rich history of innovation without the use of patents, copyrights, or any other form of legal protection. It then discusses fonts, the shapes of letters that are not copyrightable. It concludes by looking at innovation in the financial services industry, which has a long record of modernizing despite imitation. A landmark case on free copying facts called Feist is also considered.

Keywords:   copying, football, fonts, financial services industry, innovation, copyrights, Feist

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