Beating back some deadlines at the moment so I'll leave this one as a project for the readers.
1. Read this piece by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs called “Fake It Till You Make It,” which, as Felix Salmon puts it, makes "a strong case that Chinese piracy, far from being symptomatic of a deep-seated inability to innovate, is actually an economically vital form of innovation.";
2. Read Salmon's appreciate take, paying close attention to this to what both pieces say about Ben Franklin's copyright violations;
3. Finish up with this post from last year listing other, more recent major media empires that got their start by playing fast and loose with copyright laws.