The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) held its Fall conference last week, and there were plenty of talking points and takeaways for creators.

Those who attended, online or at the actual event venue in Washington D.C., heard diverse presentations covering everything from

The linking theme? The importance of intellectual property protection to encouraging and inspiring American invention.


From the many panelists and presentations, we pulled the following takeaways to define the intersection of invention and intellectual property:

  • Intellectual property rights are more than just laws, they are enshrined in American invention and creativity; they provide a platform from which innovation & creative careers are launched.
  • On the link between the legal framework of IP and real world results, CPIP Director Matt Barblan believes we “only get benefits of copyright if it is 1) well enforced and 2) not diluted.”
  • The protection of copyright means that musicians can exist as a professional class. It creates economic & artistic freedom that helps focus inspiration, which would otherwise be a hobby, into a tangible form from which the most talented individuals can make a living. But those protections must, per the point above, be enforced for that to happen.
  • The digital music environment is constantly shifting, but Jackie Campbell of Big Machine doesn’t believe that free, ad-supported services are enough to sustain artists. “Music subscription models are the future,” she suggests, while also seeing great potential in commercial partnerships between brands and musicians.
  • The integration of inspiration and commercial associations is more important than ever. Brand marketing departments have big budgets but, by themselves, find it difficult to tap into culture in a meaningful way.. Intellectual property rights must protect the creator’s ability to negotiate an appropriate fee for those commercial uses.
  • Brad Sheafe of Dominion Harbor explains strong IP rights help in market making. Varied intellectual property options mean the innovation economy can work as intended, with creators and inventors able to control how and where their work is used and developed.
  • Government fits into this equation by facilitating the web of contracts, specifying and enforcing intellectual property rights. Furthermore, it must do this equally for everyone if a majority of opportunities for innovation are to be allowed to flourish.
  • Skeptics try to tell us that copyright gets in the way of culture and creativity. “This claim is overstated,” says Terry Hart of the Copyright Alliance, ignoring many aspects of the intellectual property system that actually inspire creativity, such as remixes. He writes more on the reasons that copyright inspires culture in this twopart article.


Thanks to all at CPIP for providing a thought-provoking two days on the importance of intellectual property!

For further inspiration of your own, we recommend viewing the event replays here.