The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law / Edition 1

The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law / Edition 1

by William M. Landes, Richard A. Posner, Richard A. Posner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674012046

ISBN-13: 9780674012042

Pub. Date: 11/15/2003

Publisher: Harvard

This book takes a fresh look at the most dynamic area of American law today, comprising the fields of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secrecy, publicity rights, and misappropriation. Topics range from copyright in private letters to defensive patenting of business methods, from moral rights in the visual arts to the banking of trademarks, from the impact of the

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This book takes a fresh look at the most dynamic area of American law today, comprising the fields of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secrecy, publicity rights, and misappropriation. Topics range from copyright in private letters to defensive patenting of business methods, from moral rights in the visual arts to the banking of trademarks, from the impact of the court of patent appeals to the management of Mickey Mouse. The history and political science of intellectual property law, the challenge of digitization, the many statutes and judge-made doctrines, and the interplay with antitrust principles are all examined. The treatment is both positive (oriented toward understanding the law as it is) and normative (oriented to the reform of the law).

Previous analyses have tended to overlook the paradox that expanding intellectual property rights can effectively reduce the amount of new intellectual property by raising the creators' input costs. Those analyses have also failed to integrate the fields of intellectual property law. They have failed as well to integrate intellectual property law with the law of physical property, overlooking the many economic and legal-doctrinal parallels.

This book demonstrates the fundamental economic rationality of intellectual property law, but is sympathetic to critics who believe that in recent decades Congress and the courts have gone too far in the creation and protection of intellectual property rights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674012042
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Economic Theory of Property

2. How to Think about Copyright

3. A Formal Model of Copyright

4. Basic Copyright Doctrines

5. Copyright in Unpublished Works

6. Fair Use, Parody, and Burlesque

7. The Economics of Trademark Law

8. The Optimal Duration of Copyrights and Trademarks

9. The Legal Protection of Postmodern Art

10. Moral Rights and the Visual Artists Rights Act

11. The Economics of Patent Law

12. The Patent Court: A Statistical Evaluation

13. The Economics of Trade Secrecy Law

14. Antitrust and Intellectual Property

15. The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Law

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Index

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