Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership

Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership

by Eduardo M. Penalver, Sonia Katyal
     
 

Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation. The authors argue that in property law there is a tension between the competing demands of stability and dynamism, but its tendency is to become static

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Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation. The authors argue that in property law there is a tension between the competing demands of stability and dynamism, but its tendency is to become static and fall out of step with the needs of society.

The authors employ wide-ranging examples of the behaviors of “property outlaws”—the trespasser, squatter, pirate, or file-sharer—to show how specific behaviors have induced legal innovation. They also delineate the similarities between the actions of property outlaws in the spheres of tangible and intellectual property. An important conclusion of the book is that a dynamic between the activities of “property outlaws” and legal innovation should be cultivated in order to maintain this avenue of legal reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300122954
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................     vii     

Introduction....................     1     

Part I. Foundations....................          

Chapter 1. Why Property Outlaws?....................     23     

Chapter 2. Property and Intellectual Property....................     36     

Part II. Property Outlaws and Intellectual Property Altlaws................          

Chapter 3. Acquisitive Outlaws: The Pioneers....................     55     

Chapter 4. Expressive Outlaws: Civil Rights Sit-Ins....................     64     

Chapter 5. Property Outlaws and Property Altlaws....................     71     

Chapter 6. Acquisitive Altlaws: The Treatment Action Campaign, Patents,
and Public Health....................     90     

Chapter 7. Expressive Altlaws: Copyright and the New Liberation of
Information....................     109     

Part III. Responding to Property Outlaws....................          

Chapter 8. Two Perspectives on Property Outlaws....................     125     

Chapter 9. Responding to Property Outlaws....................     143     

Part IV. Responding to Intellectual Property Altlaws....................          

Chapter 10. The Informational Value of Intellectual Property Disobedience..     169     

Chapter 11. Responding to Acquisitive Altlaws....................     183     

Chapter 12. Responding to Expressive Altlaws....................     208     

Conclusion....................     227     

Notes....................     241     

Index....................     285     


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