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DANC 355: Dance production

The Intellectual Copyright Debate

Competing Ideas

The right to "free and open access" to information and ideas VS. The right to make a profit or to protect the integrity of your creations.


James Madison Thomas Jefferson
Argued for exclusive rights for writings or inventions, as an incentive for people to create.
Argued against “monopolies” for creative works, or the ownership of ideas.

US Constitution: Article 1, Section 8

“ To promote the Progress of Science and the useful arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive right to their respective Writings and Discoveries”