Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas

(Harvard University Press, 2012)

Book Forum
March 20, 2013 12:00PM
Policy Center with Foyer
Featuring Ronald A. Cass, Cass & Associates, Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law; Keith Hylton, Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law; and Jerry Brito, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Editor, Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess; moderated by Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

In recent years, a growing chorus of legal theorists and technologists has questioned the utility and justice of statutes creating property rights in ideas and expressions aimed at increasing their production. In Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas, Ronald Cass and Keith Hylton mount their defense of intellectual property law. The authors reject the idea that changing technology undermines the case for intellectual property rights, and they argue that making the work of inventors and creators free would be a costly mistake. Please join us for their presentation of the book and an interesting discussion of issues on which libertarians often find themselves divided.