The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators, and Everyday Intellectual Property

The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators, and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press, 2015)

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 15-7

20 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2015 Last revised: 16 Feb 2015

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

In 1789, the Constitution enshrined protections for authors and inventors. Yet we still debate the merits of intellectual property laws and whether they work as intended. What facilitates innovation and creativity in our digital age? What role does IP play in promoting innovation and creativity in the United States? Silbey cuts through the current debates and goes straight to the source: the artists and innovators themselves. By centering on accounts of creative and innovative work provided by artists, scientists, their employers, managers, and lawyers, The Eureka Myth breaks new ground. In doing so, it draws out new and surprising conclusions about the sometimes misinterpreted relationships between creativity, innovation, and IP.

Note: An excerpt from the Introduction is available for download.

Keywords: intellectual property, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, empirical research, qualitative analysis, cultural analysis of law, narrative theory, law and economics

Suggested Citation

Silbey, Jessica M., The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators, and Everyday Intellectual Property (2015). The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators, and Everyday Intellectual Property (Stanford University Press, 2015) , Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 15-7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564768

Jessica M. Silbey (Contact Author)

Boston University - School of Law ( email )

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States

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