September 10, 2004

Mark Lemley attempts the impossible when trying to convince people that IP isn't property in the classical sense (and hence should not be treated/regulated as such). The **AA's probably won't listen, but once their economics (a.k.a dying business models) are upstaged by the new (non-voodoo) economics described by Lemley, it probably won't matter. My only regret about this piece is that it isn't property of UC Berkeley.

Also, this fiercely argued Slashdot thread addresses some political aspects of the claims in Lemley's article, namely that "in IP, traditional liberals are often calling for less and less government, while conservatives demand regulation in order to protect their exclusive right to use their intellectual creations."

Posted by Susheel Daswani at September 10, 2004 11:00 AM | TrackBack

Of course, even if Lemley was still at Boalt, he would hold the copyright in the work... so it would be his property.

Posted by: joe on September 11, 2004 10:13 AM
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