A Moron In A Hurry

July 8, 2006

Copying in Music Not All Bad

Filed under: Uncategorized — nick @ 4:18 pm

Wired has an article on the booming musical instrument business and the Gibson lawsuit.  In late 2005, the Sixth Circuit held that Gibson competitor PRS Guitars could market and sell guitars that imitated the distinctive Gibson look.  As to consumer confusion, one of Gibson’s attorney’s even admitted at oral argument that “You’d have to be an idiot not to know which guitar you’re buying.”  The article suggests that the decision is good for instrument makers, if not music in general, since most musicians start out emulating thier favorite stars.  A prime example of the theory that less stringent IP laws can actually improve a market and create more wealth, and with numbers that appear to back it up.


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