How to Copy Right

Author
Kal Raustiala, Steven Tepp, Chritopher Springman
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Foreign Affairs
Volume
92
Issue Number
6
Publication Date
November/December 2013
Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Abstract
In their essay “Fake It Till You Make It” (July/August 2013), Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman urged the United States to “relax” when it comes to the flagrant disregard for intellectual property laws in China. The authors make two essential arguments: first, that the United States in its early days, like China today, was a “pirate nation,” and second, that copying drove the United States' economic growth. As China's economy develops, they say, so, too, will its “balance of interests.” Like the United States before it, China will rely less on copying and “adopt a less permissive approach” to copyright infringement -- not in response to U.S. prodding but on its own initiative.
Political Geography
United States, China