Here is a super good and super quick explanation of what the law is for music sharing and the consequences of RIAA victories and tactics. Ignore at your own peril.
The New Yorker has a great article about a study done that identifies the lack of copyrights and patents in the fashion industry as a major source of the industry’s continued success. The article is definitely a good read, although I do not know why the author is so stubborn (at the end) in thinking a similar model would not work for all or most other industries.
The article is particularly timely for me, because I have been reading a history of fashion and thinking about the related IP issues. I guess this article and study saves me the trouble of having to write one.