Innovation Means Something New, Right?

This article at ARS Technica, or at least its subject matter, likely deserves a better treatment. Perhaps that’ll come in time. For now, consider this one snippet:

In a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, a coalition of library associations and consumer advocacy groups criticized the bill, warning that an “unbalanced approach to enforcement would lead to unintended harms” that could stifle innovation. 

Someone please explain to me how protecting intellectual property, that is, protecting original works of art, can “stifle innovation.” Everything else about intellectual property aside, protecting it enhances innovation, by requiring people to create their own original works rather than merely being derivative.

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