Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship

Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship

Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Shubha Ghosh and Robin Paul Malloy

Creativity, Law and Entrepreneurship explores the idea of creativity, its relationship to entrepreneurship, and the law’s role in inhibiting and promoting it. The inquiry into law and creativity reduces to an inquiry about what people do, what activities and actions they engage in. What unites law and creativity, work and play, is their shared origins in human activity, however motivated, to whatever purpose directed. In this work contributors from the US and Europe explore the ways in which law incentivizes particular types of activity as they develop themes related to emergent theories of entrepreneurship (public, private, and social); lawyering and the creative process; creativity in a business and social context; and creativity and the construction of legal rights.

Chapter 4: ‘Will Work’: The Role of Intellectual Property in Transitional Economies – From Coal to Content

Megan M. Carpenter

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, economics and finance, law and economics, law - academic, intellectual property law, law and economics

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Megan M. Carpenter As a child in the mountains of West Virginia, I rode with my grandmother to drop off my aunt and uncles at the bus stop.1 In the morning, sitting in her Jeep with the herringbone seats of the 1970s, pancake syrup in the corners of my mouth, the soundtrack of our trip was the morning mine report on the radio. ‘Loveridge, will work. Blacksville, will work. Sentinel, will work.’ The mine reports were at that time, for me, the rhythm of morning. I heard them underneath the tones of conversation, and occasionally in my head as I went through the day, playing with dolls, running down our country road. Even now, it is sometimes the rhythm of the mine reports that comes back to me as I knead bread. It is morning. It is routine. It is home. I didn’t understand then, but I remember holding my breath for a moment and feeling a tiny sliver of relief every time I heard the words ‘will work’. Hard work is a cornerstone of worth, and working is something we do, with our minds and our bodies and our hands. (Later, I would learn that ‘he sure is a hard worker’ was the highest compliment a prospective boyfriend could receive.) I didn’t know why mines wouldn’t work, but working always seemed good and sure, an understanding I had even at the age of five or six. Loveridge. Will Work. Blacksville. Will Work. Sentinel. Will Work. I went to school...

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