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How to Copy Right

Is Piracy Productive?

Authors: Steven Tepp, Kal Raustiala, and Christopher Sprigman
November/December 2013
Foreign Affairs


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.

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