Against Intellectual Monopoly

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A Primer on Ugaritic is an introduction to the language of the ancient city of Ugarit, a city that flourished in the second millennium BCE on the Lebanese coast, placed in the context of the culture, literature, and religion of this ancient Semitic culture. The Ugaritic language and literature were a precursor to Canaanite and serve as our most important resources for understanding the Old Testament and the Hebrew language. Special emphasis is placed on the contextualization of the Ugartic language and comparison to ancient Hebrew as well as Akkadian.
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“One should bear a heavy burden of proof to enjoy a monopoly. Boldrin and Levine have dramatically increased that burden for those who enjoy intellectual monopoly. All economists, lawyers, judges, and policymakers should read this book.” – W. A. Brock, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Boldrin and Levine, highly respected economic theorists, have produced a lively and readable book for the intelligent layman. In it, they challenge conventional wisdom about patents and argue that we would be better off without them. The book will open a fresh debate on the policy on intellectual property protection.” – Boyan Jovanovic, New York University

“There is a growing and important skepticism about the fundamental rules we have used to regulate access to information and innovation. This beautifully written and compelling argument takes the lead in that skeptical charge.” – Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School

“For centuries, intellectual property rights have been viewed as essential to innovation. Now Boldrin and Levine, two top-flight economists, propose that the entire IPR system be scrapped. Their arguments will generate controversy but deserve serious examination.” – Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

“This is an important and needed book. The case made by Boldrin and Levine against giving excessive monopoly rights to intellectual property is a convincing one. Monopoly in intellectual property impedes the development of useful knowledge. I think they make the case that granting these monopoly rights slows innovation.” – Edward C. Prescott, Nobel Laureate, University of Minnesota

“Boldrin and Levine present a powerful argument that intellectual property rights as they have evolved are detrimental to efficient economic organization.” – Douglass C. North, Nobel Laureate, Washington University in St. Louis

“How have we come to view ideas as if they have some physical existence that we can lock up behind a set of property rights laws akin to, but remarkably different from, those we use to protect our physical property? This is the central question in Against Intellectual Monopoly by Michele Boldrin and David Levine. The answer they come to is startling: except in a few rare cases, intellectual property protection does more economic harm than good and ought to be eliminated. The technology of digital computers and the Internet, as Boldrin and Levine show again and again, has exposed long-standing moral shortcomings of current intellectual property laws in a particularly stark way.” – Stephen Spear, Carnegie Mellon University

"Boldrin and Levine expose many real and costly flaws of the U.S. system of patents and copyrights.... [and] provide support for further reforms of intellectual property law." - Richard Gilbert, University of California Berkeley, Journal of Economic Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521127264
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Boldrin is Joseph G. Hoyt Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St Louis. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and at FEDEA (Madrid). He is an Associate Editor of Econometrica, an Editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics, and an Advisory Editor of Macroeconomic Dynamics, published by Cambridge University Press. His research interests include growth, innovation, and business cycles; intergenerational and demographic issues; public policy; institutions; and social norms. He is the coauthor or coeditor of four books and has published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Review of Economic Dynamics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

David K. Levine is John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St Louis. He is a coeditor of Econometrica, coeditor of NAJ Economics, President of the Society for Economic Dynamics, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research. Author with Drew Fudenberg of Learning in Games and editor of several conference volumes, his research interests include the study of intellectual property and endogenous growth in dynamic general equilibrium models; the endogenous formation of preferences, institutions, and social norms; and the application of game theory to experimental economics. Professor Levine has published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Political Science Review.

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Table of Contents

1 Ancient Ugarit 5

2 School texts : introducing the language and alphabet 31

3 Letters (KTU 2) : an inductive introduction to Ugaritic 40

4 Administrative texts (KTU 4) 92

5 Legal texts (KTU 3) 97

6 Literary texts (KTU 1) 117

7 Grammatical precis 149

8 Glossary 180

9 Resources for further study 210

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