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Culture, the economy, and creative innovation more broadly are shaped by rules created by copyright law. Copyright law can explain why fashion changes so quickly, why movie franchises are so profitable, and why books can disappear and then reappear from publication. As more of our world is shaped by software, copyright law influences what code is widely used and accessible to all, and what code is available to a precious few. Copyright’s structures - and voids - work to define creativity in all fields.

In addition to the work described on this page, Engelberg Center Co-Directors Jeanne Fromer and Chris Sprigman are the co-authors of Copyright Law: Cases and Materials, an open access copyright textbook offered for free and used by a large number of institutions.

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