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9.20.2007

Magicians innovate without IP law

Magicians innovate without IP law. Forget copyright and patents, we need honour and shame to protect intellectual property. Maybe some seppuku thrown in for good measure.

"Jacob Loshin, a law student at Yale, drafter a paper exploring how stage magicians protect the secrets behind their tricks, and continue to come up with great new ideas, without getting caught up in the insanity of intellectual property law. Basically, magicians police themselves based on a set of norms for treating secrets, presentation styles, and techniques of making magic. Violate the norms by, say, stealing a trick or not giving credit where it's due and you'll be shamed and shunned by your fellow magicians."

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